This weekend saw the return of the Yanks festival in Saddleworth. It’s the tenth anniversary of the festival, which first took place in 2001.You may be asking yourself why on earth Saddleworth has a Yanks celebration. Well, it’s inspired by the filming of the wartime movie, 'Yanks', on location in Dobcross Saddleworth, back in 1978, starring a certain gorgeous young actor, Richard Gere.
(When I say filmed in Dobcross, it was only one scene but let's not get picky)
I've made this image extra big just because it's a picture of Richard
Dobcross square where the scene was filmed
Each year, locals get into the spirit of things by dressing up in 40's clothes and uniforms. Ladies strut up and down the streets with their seamed stockings and beautiful shoes, linking arms with chaps in hats and suits.
Every year I say I'll dress up but I have still to stick to my word.
These ladies were a little nervous about having their picture taken!
A 'Spoonful Of Sugar' my favourite cake and tea shop
Brass bands in the pub gardens play Glenn Miller music and jitterbuggers dance on the pavements.
Stalls selling tea and cakes are run by ladies in floral pinnies and headscarves.
The main part of the celebration is the parade which passes through a number of villages. Headed by our war veterans and representatives of local cadet groups, they are followed by a cavalcade of vintage military vehicles and marching military bands.
Yanks is a really great weekend, enjoyed by as many as 10,000 people. Each year it grows from strength to strength and next year...
...I promise to dress appropriately!