The Yanks Are Back in Saddleworth
(Formerly Saddleworth Wartime Weekend)
(Formerly "Yanks" Weekend)
13, 14 & 15 August 2010
This annual weekend event held across the villages of Saddleworth, commemorates the steadfast and valiant efforts of everyone involved in those difficult early years of the 1940’s. Formerly known as “Yanks” weekend, the idea originated following the filming of the 1970’s Richard Gere movie "Yanks". The villages are obviously suited to making such an event come alive - the majority of the filming of "Yanks" was filmed in Dobcross.
The founders of the event are Pete & Joyce Cartner, Secretary and Treasurer to the North West Branch of the M.V.T. (Military Vehicle Trust). They poured their energy into making each Yanks weekend an immersive 1940's experience with British & American military dress, memorabilia and vehicles congregating in Uppermill during the day and traditional ‘Jive’ dances by night.
Pete & Joyce relinquished their role in 2008 and since then it has been called ‘Saddleworth Wartime Weekend. This year, however, the Weekend was originally cancelled’ due to a lack of permissions from the council. New organisers have stepped in to save the weekend and renamed it again for 2010 to the 'Yanks Are Back in Saddleworth'
This year, come and immerse yourself in military and vintage fashion stalls, re-enactment displays, dance demonstrations and much more. On the Sunday there will be a convoy of military vehicles through Uppermill with a visit from Churchill & Montgomery, a big battle re-enactment and a fly past by a Dakota Aircraft.
Not just an event, the complete 1940's experience. Open to all
Allied & Axis Military vehicle enthusiasts, Re-enactors, 40's
Civilians, Swing dancers and anyone else interested in this inspiring era.