A 1940s-themed weekend is returning to the East Lancashire Railway later this month.

This year's event, running over the spring bank holiday from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27, will focus on the musical backdrop of 1940s Britain.

It will feature an "exciting" lineup including vintage vocal harmony trio "Blue Bird Belles", and vintage DJ "A Train Swing".

Food, fashion and memorabilia from the decade will also be brought to life.

The ELR's Bury, Ramsbottom, Heywood and Rawtenstall stations, as well as Bury Transport Museum, will host the event over the course of the three days.

An "atmosphere of hope and celebration" will be recreated at the family event, capturing the "most positive aspects of this unique period in British history".

To keep spirits soaring, the famous Avro Lancaster 1 will fly over Rawtenstall on Saturday and Monday.

Attendees are encouraged to get stuck in and dress up in period costume, and the uniform policy is available on the East Lancashire Railway website.

The ticket includes a ride across the Irwell Valley on a steam powered train.

ELR chairman said Mike Kelly: “The 1940s weekend is one of our best attended days out in the annual calendar, and we’re delighted to see its return in 2024.

“It’s great to see the community, young and old, come together to celebrate this incredible time period, and to remember those who sacrificed so much for the country.

“This weekend is one you won’t want to miss, so make sure to book a ticket while you still can.”

Tickets are available to book on the ELR's website, which includes details about the various attractions and locations.