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1920s weekend to go ahead in July

Published Wednesday 17 March, 2021
Last updated on Monday 20 September, 2021

Swale Borough Council’s 1920s weekend is set to go ahead in July after being postponed last year due to lockdown.

The weekend will be a celebration of the 1920s in Sittingbourne high street from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 July and will feature music, dance, theatre and entertainment for everybody to enjoy.

Cllr Richard Palmer, cabinet member for community at the council, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to plan ahead and put the 1920s weekend back on that we had originally planned for last year.

“As long as the government’s roadmap out of lockdown remains the same, we’ll be able to put on the weekend and give local people a fun event to look forward to.

“We’ll have a pop-up venue behind Swale House that will host an old-time music hall, children’s entertainment, 20s dance classes, 20s music and dance evening and a murder mystery.

“We’re also hoping to have a steam train from Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway on display with vintage cars and street entertainment.

“We’ve been working with more than 70 businesses, charities and local community groups to put on a great display with interactive fun for all ages, and as long as all is well and we come out of lockdown as planned, we’ll be on track to put on a terrific event.”

Cllr Mike Baldock, deputy leader and cabinet member for planning, said:

"The 20s weekend will be an opportunity for residents to get together after the pains of the last year to celebrate the new decade and remember the colour and vitality of the 1920s.

"We are keen to support our local businesses and high streets coming out of Covid and this is part of that drive to get people supporting the local economy again.

"As we mix Valentino with the Charleston, and cocktails and gin with the writings of Agatha Christie, let's make the 2020s in Swale as exciting as the Roaring 1920s!”

Tickets go on sale in May and people can email tourismsupport@swale.gov.uk to get involved.