Bay's wartime festival keeps growing

Published date: 16 January 2013 |
Published by: Mike Williams
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WARTIME memories are set to return as Colwyn Bay’s popular 1940s festival expands to two days.

The Colwyn Bay Forties Festival will return for a second year in April and will feature a host of nostalgic music, food, activities and performances.

Following on from last year’s success, the festival has grown to a full two-day event, now running from Saturday, April 20 to Sunday, April 21, promising to bring the life and spirit of the forties back to the resort.

More than 5,000 people attended last year’s event, but organizers are aiming much higher this year with an estimate of 20,000 people expected to join in the celebrations.

Bay of Colwyn Business Network Chair Teresa Carnall said: “Last year was the first time we did it, but the response has been amazing, so the event has been extended.

“Colwyn Bay played a vital role in the war effort as the main headquarters outside of London for the Ministry of Food, so that is an important part of the festival, and what a fantastic thing to celebrate.”

Penrhyn Road will once again become the heart of the festival, with other attractions throughout the town.

Some of the festival’s highlights will include a full-size replica Spitfire, impersonators of famous Second World War historical figures and battle reconstructions.

It is hoped this year’s event will mark the beginning of an annual celebration in the town.

Ms Carnall added: “The town council have been excellent in supporting us, and we will hopefully receive additional funding from RWE npower and the Welsh Government - they’re really excited about it.

“The community groups that are helping us are also superb, and we now want to urge people to dress up in costume and for local businesses to really get involved and make the most of it.”

Colwyn Bay Town Mayor, Cllr Viv Perry, said: “It was only an experiment last year and despite the weather it got a very positive reaction.

“It’s great for the town. It attracts people from all over the country.

“It’s something different, it helps give the town an identity and hopefully it will be even better than last year.”

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