Inaugural 1940s weekend cancelled at short notice

Despite months of planning and advance publicity what is believed to have been the first 1940s weekend to be held in Saltaire village over the weekend of 29th and 30th June 2024 was cancelled with just hours to go before the main part of the event was scheduled to begin.

Disgruntled looking spiv in empty park Dodgy Rodge logo
Dodgy Rodge - Spiv Extraordinaire

Having been announced previously on social media and in the local press the event was expected to be well attended, with 1940s enthusiasts travelling far and wide to enjoy what was to have been a very special weekend. Indeed the Bronte Country area's resident spiv (pictured above) turned up to do some business but found that potential customers were few and far between..

Dancing at the Saltaire bandstand

Undeterred by the cancellation some enthusiasts managed to entertain themselves with lindy hop and swing jive dancing to live music at the bandstand in Roberts' Park (pictured above). The Saturday evening dance in Victoria Hall also went ahead, though it was clear to all that the weekend was but a shadow of what it could have been.

No doubt serious questions will have to be answered as to why things had to be cancelled at such short notice, especially given that the Bradford area will be hosting a range of similar events during its tenure as Capital of Culture in 2025.

[News item posted by Eagle Intermedia - 30th June 2024.]

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