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Salute to the '40s at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on 17th-18th September

PUBLISHED: 14:10 09 September 2011 | UPDATED: 21:37 20 February 2013

Salute to the '40s at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on 17th-18th September

Salute to the '40s at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on 17th-18th September

Some of the very best 1940s entertainers in the business will be performing at this year's Salute to the '40s at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2011...

Entertainment Galore at Salute to the 40s!

Salute to the 40s is full of nostalgia and is now established as one of the best events of its kind in the country. Full of atmosphere with vintage fashion, historic vehicles and hundreds of re-enactors and encampments, the event which is open between 10am and 6pm each day, presents what life was like on the home front and provides outstanding entertainment for the whole family.

Visitors to the event this year will immerse themselves in our very own authentic 1940's extravaganza. With even more entertainment than ever this year, visitors can sing, dance and be kept amused all day long with a host of ENSA and American inspired wartime entertainment.

On the British Stage the Swingtime Sweethearts Anne Riley and Learna Ashleigh - both successful solo artists in their own right, now perform together a wide range of songs including the hits of The Andrew Sisters, Vera Lynn, Anne Shelton and Ella Fitzgerald. They present the Bless Em All Show, a variety show recalling many of the entertainers who kept up Britain's spirits through the dark years of the Second World War. The songs, the jokes and the patriotism are all there, lovingly re-created by a talented and enthusiastic cast.

Fiona Harrison makes a welcome return to Salute to the 40s as will The Clover Sisters, The Polka Dot Dolls (Saturday only) and Madeline Brown (Sunday only) who have also all performed at the event in previous years. Joined by Betty Lloyd and her Frontline Follies on a second stage some of these performances have a strong, but not entirely, American theme.

Now internationally recognised as Britains Finest Professional 1940s Singer/Entertainer, Fiona Harrison will be performing songs which cover the whole spectrum of 40s music from Big Band and Swing to Lindy-Hop and Sing-Along. Fiona always performs in glamorous costumes or authentic military uniform. Her repertoire is extensive, her presentation is extremely entertaining and her voice combines close harmony work with authenticity.

The Clover Sisters, who are very popular with both young and old, perform a wide range of songs from the 1940's which kept the troops and those back home entertained. Whilst capturing all the romance and emotion of the war era, The Polka Dot Dolls, three little ladies with delightfully rich harmonies, know how to get the audience dancing, with their toe-tapping swing numbers, and with nods to Vaudeville and Cole Porter, Betty Lloyd and her Frontline Follies will put on a show to remember.

Madeline Brown covers all the wartime classics and some of the lesser known songs of the time, all of which evoke memories for those who lived through the period or introduce these wonderful songs to a younger audience. Either way Madeline captures the essence of the era and encourages audience participation wherever possible.

KAS, the New Forces Sweetheart, will be performing her own sets of period entertainment in Commissioners House to accompany those taking a rest in the elegant tea rooms over a coffee and homemade cake or an afternoon tea.

Back on site The Three Towns Theatre Company will sing and dance the day away plus monologues all with a South Pacific theme and Gyspy John and the Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers perform Swing, Jive and Lindy Hop and run have-a-go sessions for visitors to join in and learn the steps with John and his dance troupe.

Visit www.thedockyard.co.uk for further details. Event prices apply with special discounted rates for 12 month ticket holders.

Salute to the 40s is supported by Best of British Magazine, Kent Messenger Group and Saga Holidays.

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