Oh, what a lovely wartime weekend!

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A fleet of sailors, soldiers, evacuees and land girls took over Lytham as the town went back in time for its annual wartime weekend spectacular.

The hugely popular event saw much of the town completely transformed with 1940s dress, decoration and music all on show.

Aaron Beesley (15) is 'taken prisoner' by James Byrne (left) and Mel Jones at the Lytham 1940's Festival on Lytham Green.

Aaron Beesley (15) is 'taken prisoner' by James Byrne (left) and Mel Jones at the Lytham 1940's Festival on Lytham Green.

The Taps pub, on Henry Street, even found itself being converted into the interior of a Second World War air raid shelter.

Landlord Steve Norris said: “We had a lot of people getting into the swing of things.

“There was a good atmosphere with all the sandbags everywhere, we had the wartime songs on and all the kids were dressed as evacuees.

“The staff got into the groove of it too and they were dressed as land girls and fighter pilots.

Lytham 1940's Festival on Lytham Green.

Lytham 1940's Festival on Lytham Green.

“What we attracted was not just regulars but a lot of people that had never been into Lytham before and we wanted to leave them with a good impression.

“This weekend’s extremely important because we want people coming back to Lytham.

“It was a good joint effort from everyone involved.”

The event saw thousands of people flock to the town to enjoy the festivities.

Keith Gilbert as a soldier from the 21st Panzer Division at the Lytham 1940's Festival on Lytham Green.

Keith Gilbert as a soldier from the 21st Panzer Division at the Lytham 1940's Festival on Lytham Green.

Lytham Green was awash with military and civilian vehicles, with many attendees bedecked in uniforms or clothing from the time.

Elisa Hunt, 39, from Freckleton, attended with her sons Chester, seven, and four-year-old Barnaby – who were both dressed as evacuees.

She said: “It’s getting more and more people coming from afar and more people locally wanting to come and get involved. There’s a great feel to it.”

Rod and Angela Siebert, both 56, from Nantwich, in Cheshire, were also in attendance.

Mr Siebert is the curator of the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, a cold war museum in Cheshire, and was dressed in a Russian Naval uniform.

He said: “The town’s putting a lot of effort into it, it’s certainly something which is on everyone’s calendar.”

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