Country house steps back in time to 1940s for fun-filled weekend

NAWN 1706171AM9 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. Dancing the afternoon away. (1706171AM9)
NAWN 1706171AM9 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. Dancing the afternoon away. (1706171AM9)

Lotherton Hall witnessed an invasion as it played host to a wartime weekend.

Visitors flocked in to witness the sights and sounds of the annual event that celebrates the forties.

NAWN 1706171AM7 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. Adele Fisher, Bernard Maltby, Lynda Campbell, Michael Jackson and Patricia Harris. (1706171AM7)

NAWN 1706171AM7 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. Adele Fisher, Bernard Maltby, Lynda Campbell, Michael Jackson and Patricia Harris. (1706171AM7)

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “Each year this spectacular 1940s party is a fabulous occasion for families from across Leeds and the team at Lotherton put a huge amount of effort into ensuring the celebration is both authentic and fun.

“Lotherton is the perfect place to bring together past and present and I’m sure the entertainment and atmosphere combined to make this a memorable weekend for everyone who came along.”

Live music, re-enactors, dancing, craft activities and street party pinic tables were some of the attractions.

Dressing up was encouraged and staff had made decorations specially for the occasion, including a life-sized hay bale tank.

NAWN 1706171AM4 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. Steve Bloyale and Karen McHale keep out of the sun.(1706171AM4)

NAWN 1706171AM4 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. Steve Bloyale and Karen McHale keep out of the sun.(1706171AM4)

“The tank’s design is based on the Panzer mark six or Tiger tank, with an 88mm main gun,” said a spokesman.

“It’s made from 20 hay bales, the turret is an old disused water tank and the main gun is a drain pipe,

“The driver is made out of an old boiler suit stuffed with bubble wrap and a polystyrene head with an old helmet and goggles on.”

Lotherton’s estate and Edwardian country house was once home to a number of prominent Leeds couples and families such as The Gascoignes, Nevilles and de Hothams.

NAWN 1706171AM3 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. Sandra Day  with twins Josie Westerman-Day (8) and her sister Jasmin.  (1706171AM3)

NAWN 1706171AM3 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. Sandra Day with twins Josie Westerman-Day (8) and her sister Jasmin. (1706171AM3)

The house is also staging a Fashionable Yorkshire - 500 Years of Style exhibition until December 31.

NAWN 1706171AM2 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. The Frankie party take thing easy. (1706171AM2)

NAWN 1706171AM2 Lotherton Hall 40's Weekend. The Frankie party take thing easy. (1706171AM2)