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Salute to the ’40s – Thank you!

12 October 2016

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Can you believe it’s been nearly 1 month since our Salute to the ‘40s weekend!

From all the hype, buzz and excitement we are so pleased to announce that this event was the best one yet and yet again honouring our title of ‘One of Britain’s Best Vintage Festivals! We had over 10k visitors over the weekend including our many re-enactors who bring the site to life.  It was a great weekend for the fashion and vintage style of the era and a delight to see so many people had taken the time to dress up and really feel part of the atmosphere.  We are incredibly lucky here at The Historic Dockyard as our buildings on site and our Second World War Destroyer HMS CAVALIER provide the perfect backdrop for this event.  In addition we have military and home front displays and vintage vehicles brought on to site by dedicated re-enactors, which are the cherry on top for visitors to feel as if they have travelled back in time.

Shopping on site is a must, we were delighted to have sold all of our pitches this year including traders from everything from genuine and replica vintage clothing/accessories to collectibles and housewares.  Beard Juice were one of our new traders and barbers in the Courtyard Vintage Fair.

We had new acts on our bill for 2016; The Dolly Girls had their premier this year on the Wheels and Frills stage and wowed the crowds with their wonderful voices and dance moves! Another fantastic addition was Johnny Victory who performed with style, as a duet with our beloved Natasha Harper on the Dragonfly Helicopter Stage.

We were able to showcase our new Mess Deck Restaurant serving delicious hot and cold food plus an outdoor terrace hatch serving our signature dish – fish and chips!

We have added to our bombed out street this year, we have a bombed out house, Chatham Underground Station, a working 1940’s Shop and Pub (named after our CEO and Museum Director!).  The entire display is made from materials found on site and upcycled by our Estates Team – plans are in place for more to see and do next year!

We felt this set really showed people what our nation went through and how their environment changed around them during this time.

With communication and community spirit being crucial during the War, our Marketing Team came up with a fantastic way to bring people together at the event, have some fun with photos and communicating to our public using modern day technology and social media!    New for 2016 the Marketing Team were live streaming the event across Facebook, uploading images to our social handles and running competitions throughout the weekend – they will be back next year!  Did you spot the team walk around in site with the social frames?  Check out our Facebook page albums to see if your picture made it on to our site!

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A big thank you goes to our Events Executive who put the event together – Alana!  Planning for 2017 is already in full swing!  If you are interested in being part of the event please get in touch – or to purchase your tickets now with our booking team! 

We are extremely grateful to, BAE Systems (Rochester) and World of Warships (, for their support of this event

But of course the biggest thank you is to all of YOU!  Even if you just popped in for a bite to eat, dressed up, sang, danced or even took part in the air raid experience – thank you for attending and we will see you back again on 16th and 17th September 2017. 

Take a look at the short video we have produced highlighting the weekends entertainment!

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