An afternoon in the 1940s

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Since we first moved to Brixham three years ago I’ve been wanting to make it over to the 1940s weekend at Lupton House. It’s a gorgeous building anyway – we go there every week for toddler music, but any excuse for an extra visit is a good thing! As well as that, this annual event promised to be a celebration of all things vintage, with something to keep all of us entertained.

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We finally managed to go this weekend, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It was awesome to see the space transformed, bedecked with bunting and vintage vehicles from cars to tractors to tanks. Lots of people had made a real effort with their outfits which added to the general sense of stepping back in time. I was quite pleased with what we managed to dig out from our wardrobes too!

Arthur was fascinated by the old fairground stalls, especially the beautiful organ. He even managed to hook a duck – with a little help from daddy.

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The house itself was looking suitably majestic, and Arthur had great fun exploring. It’s exciting to see Lupton being slowly restored to its former glory, though it’s definitely quite a project to take on!

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Inside the house was a brilliantly eclectic selection of stalls with wartime music drifting out over the lawn – which was itself crowded with relics of the past, including some very convincing military personnel discussing their strategy for the upcoming display.

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All in all it was a fantastic afternoon, and we’ll be back next year for sure. We might even try to get a babysitter so we can make it to the victory dance on Saturday evening – and I’m definitely keen to take advantage of the 1940s beauty parlour for a more authentic look!

As Arthur gets older it’s events like this that we can use to bring history to life for him – and for us it is an important (and enjoyable) reminder of the fabric of the past that underpins the world around us.

 

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