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Ironbridge takes a step back in time

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Ironbridge took a step back in time for a weekend of nostalgia in aid of injured soldiers.

More than 7,000 people descended on Dale End Park in the World Heritage Site over the weekend for the 1940s themed event.

It was held in aid of the Pilgrim Bandits charity that supports military staff who have been wounded on the frontline.

Visitors enjoyed a vintage car display, a beauty pageant, music, re-encactments, a memorial parade and wreath laying ceremony.

Many also turned up dressed in 1940s costume.

Organisers said there had meant to be a fly past by a Dakota plane but it had to be cancelled due to mechanical problems.

Despite this, Graham Hickman, Ironbridge liaison officer on the Ironbridge Gorge Second World War event committee, hailed the event a success.

He said: "We had about 5,000 people in the park on Sunday and about 2,500 on Saturday. "It's been really packed. It's a lovely atmosphere. The majority of people have been dressed up in 1940s costume.

"There's been vehicles on display, both post-war and wartime, there's been authentic re-enactments, vintage stalls and the vintage pub has been doing a roaring trade as well.

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"It's the second time we've held it here. We started it at The Boat Inn in Jackfield five years ago and we outgrew that place.

"It's been getting bigger and bigger every year.

"The proceeds go to the Pilgrim Bandits charity.

"Last year we donated about £4,000 and this year it should be substantially more."

He said the committee was hoping to organise an even bigger event next year, with more attractions along the river.

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