The main organiser of this weekend’s Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth festival has said everything is “on target” for a successful event, despite a mixed weather forecast.
Paul “Dog Tags” Higginson said today: “Everything’s on target in between the raindrops. But the forecast is better for Sunday which we’re grateful for.”
He revealed there are just a handful of tickets remaining for Saturday night’s Victory Swing Ball at Uppermill Civic Hall, traditionally the centrepiece of the weekend.
You have to get a ticket in advance if you want to go, none will be available on the door, and to book your place call Ken Taylor on 07954 401717.
However, you can pay on the door for Friday night’s Jitterbug Jive at the Civic Hall. It’ll be £3 to get in. Also on Friday, the Old Bell in Delph is hosting a Wartime Sing-As-You-Go event, with tickets available directly from the pub.
Paul also said that Saturday’s Dakota flypast has been brought forward to 1:45pm because of the weather forecast. The Spitfire flypast is due to take place at 2pm on Sunday.
Other attractions include the usual military parade and convoy through the villages, a display of American Classic Cars in the King George V park in Uppermill, and a recreation of the filming of Yanks in Dobcross, again on Sunday. It was the shooting of the movie that inspired the festival, which first took place in 2001, and has become of the highlights of the Saddleworth summer.
The full itinerary of events will be available at shops and pubs across Saddleworth, as well as at the Tourist Information centre, but you can get an idea of everything that’s planned by visiting the Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth website here.
The charities which will benefit this year are the Royal British Legion, the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Care for Casualties, and the Normandy Veterans’ Association Fellowship Fund. You can read more about those charities at their websites here, here and here.
To read an in-depth Saddleworth News interview with Paul and Ken looking ahead to the weekend, click here.