Festival-goers warned about Nazi costumes

Lytham 1940s Wartime festival on the Green in 2014
Lytham 1940s Wartime festival on the Green in 2014
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History lovers and military enthusiasts are being warned not to wear Nazi–related clothing ahead of one of Britain’s largest wartime events­.

The Lytham 1940s Festival returns on August 15 and 16, with thousands of people expected to visit the town.

But those taking part are being warned not to wear Nazi Party or (Schutzstaffel) SS related clothing – two Allied enemies during the Second World War. A statement on the 1940s Festival website said: “Persons dressed in Schutzstaffel (SS) staff, Alemeine SS forces, Waffen-SS or any other unifrom or clothing displaying the Totenkopf (Death’s Head) symbol, red armbands emblazoned with the swastika or any other overt Nazi insignia are not welcome at this event​. Their attendance could jeopardise the continuation of this event.”

Police issued a renewed warning to military enthusiasts wearing offensive Nazi uniforms at the Wartime Weekend in Bury and Ramsbottom last year.

It followed strict policies from 2013 prohibiting Nazi regalia following an outcry at the festival.

More than 25,000 people attended last year’s 1940s weekend in Lytham. Entertainment this year includes mock battles, assault courses and helicopter shows.

It was ‘Britain’s finest hour’

Coun Cheryl Little, chairman of Fylde Council’s tourism and leisure committee, said: “People look back on that era as Britain’s finest hour. They are incredibly proud of our role and the people who saw us through those hard times.

“This festival is an opportunity for people to see for themselves what life was like. It is very realistic and, in a way, glamorous as many people dress up to look their best in 1940s clothes.

“We’re really excited about what the festival has grown into in the six years since the first one was held here.” For more information go to www.lytham1940s.co.uk