Travel back in time as Sandwich Salutes the 40s this Bank Holiday weekend

The P22 will be one of the stars of the event

The American P22 gunboat moored at Ramsgate will be one of the stars of the show at this weekend’s Salute to the 40s in Sandwich.

The event from Saturday, April 29 to Monday, May 1 also includes World War Two re-enactment groups; NFS Fire Brigade; Red Cross nurses; Grey Funnel Royal Navy; Military Police Regiment; The Desert Rats Living History Group; RAF 212 SQD; Army Commando No4 Reg; Air Raid Warden Group; The Home Guard; RAF Field Officers HQ; 13 Patt Army Reg; Observer Corps; Pathe News Film Unit and  Photographic Reconnaissance Corps.

Entertainers featured over the weekend include: The Railway Swing Band; Mickie Driver; The Knightingales and The Thanet Lindyhoppers.

A vintage bus will operate from a park and ride at Discovery Park across the weekend.

There will also be mock air raids, search lights on the Guildhall forecourt and, on the Sunday, The Beach-Hut Tea Dance with Jive and Lindyhop in the Highway Marine car park. The staff will be in costume and visitors are invited to dress up too.

The programme

Saturday

10am Park-and-Ride. The first vintage bus leaves  Discovery Park car-park for Toll Bridge Roundabout.

All day: Re-enactment Groups’ displays on Riverside Green.

1pm Mickie Driver (right) sings from the P22

2pm Mock Air Raid

4pm Parade through the town.

5pm Park-and-Ride. Last vintage bus departs for  Discovery Park car park

Sunday

10am Park-and-Ride. The first vintage bus leaves Discovery Park car-park for Toll Bridge Roundabout. All day: Re-enactment Groups displays on Riverside Green.

10 am Parade through town followed by short service with Revd. Howard Pashley.

12-4pm Thanet Lindyhoppers perform in No Name street.

12-3pm The Beach-Hut Tea Dance.

Midday: Mickie Driver sings from the P22.

2pm Mock Air Raid.

3pm Illustrated talk by Christine Cuss: “ A Father’s Blitz Diary”. St Peter’s Church

3:30pm RAF Downed Pilots  rescue.

5:30pm Park-and-Ride. Last vintage bus departs for  Discovery Park car-park

6pm-9pm Search Light lights up the sky from Guildhall Forecourt

Monday

10am Park-and-Ride.

All day:  Re-enactment Group displays on Riverside Green.

11 am The Knightingales sing from the P22.

Midday: Mock Air Raid.

1pm The Knightingales sing from P22.

2pm An illustrated talk by Christine Cuss: “A Father’s Blitz Diary”. St Peter’s Church.

2:15 pm Parade through town led by entertainers in military vehicles.

3pm Finale. Sing-along. The public are invited to join in with the  entertainers on P22.

3.45pm Prize Draw and winner of £1000  announced.

5pm Park and Ride. Last vintage bus departs for  Discovery Park car park.

To confirm times and more details go to http://sandwichevents.org.uk/