Last year's 1940s weekend.

Wartime aircraft to fly over Ayscoughfee 1940s event

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will once again fly over Spalding this weekend.

Spectacular flypasts of iconic World War Two aircraft will thrill people of all ages this Saturday and Sunday.

The era of the war years, big bands and ration books will be vividly brought back to life at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens.

The historic Spalding venue is hosting a 1940s Weekend. Jointly organised by South Holland District Council and the Spalding Memorial Parade, this nostalgic annual event has previously attracted more than 5,000 visitors, and another big turnout is expected.

The Hurricane and Spitfire fighters are due to fly over Ayscoughfee on Saturday, and the iconic Lancaster bomber is due to follow on Sunday.

Coun Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for community, said: “The 1940s Weekend always proves popular and attracts visitors of all ages from across the district and further afield.

“The event has a fun, welcoming atmosphere and provides two days of enjoyable activities.

“On a poignant note, it also gives people a chance to remember those who fought in the war.”

The event will feature memorabilia displays, re-enactors, demonstrations, vintage stalls, period vehicles, live music and dancing.

Cherie Lawrence is returning to sing several 1940s favourites, and Boston Jive will also be joining in the festivities.

Visitors are invited to get into the 1940s spirit by dressing in period clothes and enjoying a dance on the lawns.

Younger guests can enjoy making crafts.

The event takes place between 10.30am and 4pm on both days, and admission is free.

On Sunday, the event will culminate in the annual VJ Day parade, paying tribute to those who have served their country, from 2.30pm in The Peace Gardens.

For more information go to, call 01775 764555, or email

You can follow SHDC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for further event announcements and fly-past times.

  • The BBMF have now confirmed that a Spitfire will fly over the event at about 3pm on the Saturday.

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