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Girls in 50s costumes

Festival of the 50s, July 14-17

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Teddy boys all dressed up for Beamish

The era of rock ‘n’ roll is being celebrated at Beamish this weekend, with live music, fairground rides and loads of entertainment at the Festival of the 50s.

Hop aboard the Daimler bus and be transported to the days of teddy boys, Pathé News and petticoats from Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, 17th.

Geraldine Straker, Remaking Beamish project officer (community participation), said: “The atmosphere makes this event. There’s a real festival feel with people getting dressed up, live music and dancing and families and friends just having a great day out.

“There are lots to explore and visitors can find out how people lived and worked in the 1950s.”

You can visit the North East Police History Society’s 1950s police room and test your skills with the Durham Amateur Football Trust – who will be crowned Beamish Champions 2016 in the football tournament on Sunday?

Get yourself connected in the telephone exchange and discover the story of the NHS in the welfare clinic, try your hand at bowls, sponsored by Co-operative Funeral Care, and have a go at flying frogs hoopla (small charge applies to fairground attractions).

Join in with some sing-along skiffle, visit the 50s bedroom where you can try on clothing and see the cinema exhibition in the Museum Room in the 1900s Town. You can also take a seat in the Masonic Hall and marvel at the 50s archive footage.

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Traditional fairground

Find out how the Remaking Beamish project is coming along – Spain’s Field Farm in Weardale is to be moved to the museum to tell the story of rural life in the 50s. Visitors will have the chance to speak to staff about the plans. The museum is set to replicate Esther Gibbon’s 1950s semi-detached home in Red House, Sunderland, in its planned 1950s Town.

On Thursday and Friday, you can enjoy dances from the decade at a 50s tea dance, with dance lessons on Saturday and Sunday.

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Fun in the sun

During the weekend, you can treat yourself to a hairdo (small charge applies to hairdressing) and come along in your 1950s finery and enter the Mr and Mrs Beamish contest or the Master and Miss Beamish competition for under 16s.

The Red House Showstoppers are doing a special performance on Saturday, with live music from Ruby and the Mystery Cats on Saturday, The Troubleshooters will perform on Sunday and the Beamish Choir will be singing over the weekend.

There is no extra charge for the Festival of the 50s. Daytime admission is included in the regular museum entry charge and it’s free for Unlimited Pass holders.

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Fairground games

The museum is also hosting two cinema evenings, showing Calamity Jane and Hitchcock’s Rear Window, but both are sold out.

The 1950s Town will include houses, a parade of shops, police house, cafe, cinema and recreation area. Aged Miners’ Homes will be a centre for people living with dementia and their families and carers. A 1950s trolleybus system and restored buses will transport visitors.

Visit www.beamish.org.uk for more information.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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