As ever the Tank Museum at Bovington put on a great show at the weekend with their Wartime Christmas Festival. There was so much to see and do with lots of stalls selling fab Christmas goodies to wonderful living history talks and presentations. All set around some amazing displays of tanks and other wartime equipment from World War One to the present day.
We absolutely loved the 1940′s fashion show. The guys and girls putting on the fab show (The Blitz Buddies) really knew their stuff about fashion from the time and the talk was fascinating and informative as well as good fun – those parachute silk bloomers were terrific! We learned loads about utility fashion and the CC41 symbol.
In 1941 the Government introduced “Controlled Commodities” – things that needed to be rationed due to the fact that raw materials such as cloth, wool, metals etc were in short supply. These goods were identified with a CC41 symbol or Controlled Commodity 41 (often mis-quoted as Civilian Clothing 1941) and can be found on clothes, furniture and housewares. Just like foood rationing, families were issued with special coupons allowing them to buy limited supplies of CC41 items.
The Utility Clothing Scheme came in and although not well received at first, people quickly became adept at making their own accessories and adapting what they had.
Here’s some pictures from the fashion show. Many of the clothes were original and the group go to some trouble to trace the history of the items where they can – especially uniforms. Some of the items were reproductions but everything looked amazing!
We also sat and listened to a fascinating talk all about life during the Blitz and what it was like to live with the constant threat of bombing. The lovely men dressed in their Home Guard and ARP (Air Raid Precaution) Warden uniforms had an incredible amount of knowledge and passion for their subject. We were told about incendiary bombs and the fact that even though you can buy deactivated ones on internet sites such as Ebay they are still potentially lethal as the casings are made from magnesium which is highly flammable (be warned – if you have one of these in your home you may be invalidating your home insurance!). We also learned that more people were killed in the bombings at home than died actually fighting the war…. a truly sobering thought. Here’s some more pictures of the living history displays – thank you to all those dedicated people that keep our history alive in such a brilliant way. We had a truly great day! By the way – doesn’t this chap look just like the late (and much loved) Clive Dunn, the wonderful Lance-Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army…….
Some brides have so much energy and great ideas for their wedding day that its a wonder to behold. When we helped Kimberley and Sam with their vintage styled wedding reception we knew it would be special – not every couple and their guests arrive at their venue by steam train and with the gorgeous Purbeck settings of the Swanage Railway together with all of the vintage details that Kimberley had planned; this wedding turned out to be spectacular!
Kimberley and Sam were married in Purbeck and then made their way together with all of their guests to the lovely village hall at Harman’s Cross via the Swanage Railway. We bedecked the hall with bunting and vintage tablecloths – but Kimberley also created a fabulous chill-out area with vintage throws and traditional toys for the children, a vintage pampering kit in the ladies bathroom with cute vintage soaps and tissues and a table planner with vintage papers – matched up to cute mini-milk bottles!
The afternooon tea organised by Vintage Dorset with extra treats from the bride and groom was a festival of delicious finger sandwiches, cakes and vintage china with wine and cordial available throughout. The collection of cakestands waiting to go out was incredible and with the guests dressing up to suit the vintage theme it looked wonderful and everyone really loved the vibe!
|Many thanks for all your work over the wedding. The tea was lovely and the tables etc looked absolutely wonderful. It all went so well. We all thought you and your team did a splendid job. Thank you so much (from the grooms mum)|
As the afternoon went on there were ice-creams, a bouncy castle and then fish and chips to finish off before the evening music – then the sun shone through the showers bringing with it the most glorious of rainbow’s to make a perfect ending to a truly lovely day! Here are some of the pictures….