Dockyard (354) RedCross Girl in BlueChatham Historic Dockyard Trust is excited to announce a record year for Vintage Fashion enthusiasts at this year’s Salute to the ‘40s event on 21st and 22nd September at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. A record number of re-enactors and the best in 1940s’ traders, to help you get a truly authentic look, are booked to attend. Come and join them!

Hundreds of 1940s’ fashion enthusiasts will attend the event in September, when visitors who return year on year dress in vintage fashion to really soak up the Home Front atmosphere and look the part in civilian and military clothing. Often visitors attending on the Saturday in their more modern clothes return on the Sunday, taking advantage of the two-day ticket offer, in 1940s’ attire to feel part of the event. So join this year’s big fashion trend and transform yourself, stepping back in time as you walk through the gates, with your own vintage look for this year’s Salute to the ‘40s and take part in the parade of vintage fashion.

196510_10152115822610263_1364747632_n Girl on bikeThis year also sees even more 1940s’ traders on site to help enhance the vintage appeal. For the first time, The Historic Dockyard has two well established vintage fairs joining the event. “Monica’s Vintage Fair” will be based on No. 3 Slip Mezzanine, up in the rafters of this scheduled ancient building, in an area now known as ‘Vintage Heaven’ the fair will be a spectacle in itself. Joining the fair is a full complement of musical performers and dancers. “Penny’s Lane Vintage” will be located on the first floor in the stunning Commissioner’s House. Every room will be filled with the best in 1940’s fashion and accessories. Finally visit the “Vintage Garden Fair” or “Tinkers Alley Fair”, to browse the authentic and replica items to dress you and your family and friends top to toe. “It’s your duty to look your beautiful best!”

The thousands of children evacuated during the Blitz will be remembered through the ‘Escape to the Country’ theme the event has this year. Members of the Evacuee Reunion Association will be attending to share their personal experiences and the local Three Towns Theatre Group will lead schools of children, each with their brown name tags, small suitcases and gas mask boxes, singing their hearts out as they make their way through the site and singing ‘We Are Going To The Country’. Code-breaking family activities and signalling also provide additional educational elements.

0428-salute-chd-sat PhotographerAdd to this the Kent Spitfire Air Display, the best in 1940s’ music and entertainment, including Britain’s three leading female performers, Home Front re-enactors and civilian displays, a spectacular 1940s’ Village, vintage vehicles, military encampments, Spitfire and Hurricane replicas on the ground, Dig For Victory Gardens, Harvest Festival Church Service, 1940s’ films, a ration-free Vintage Afternoon Tea in Commissioner’s House, the dockyard’s own WW2 Destroyer HMS CAVALIER, plus all the galleries, ships and attractions of The Historic Dockyard, it is easy to see how the whole family will be entertained at Salute to the ‘40s 2013 and why it is now recognised as Britain’s most entertaining 1940s’ Home Front event!

Tickets are now on sale with discounts for advanced purchases and Dockyard 12 month ticket holders. Two-day tickets are also available. For full details and to buy tickets in advance go to or call the Ticket Hotline on 01634 823826.

Salute to the ‘40s is supported by BAE Systems, Best of British Magazine and Kent Messenger Group