A taste of the 1940s in the town has come to stylish end.

Bridport Heritage Forum’s series of events highlighting food, fun and fashions of the era culminated with an insight into the clothing.

The two other events held on Saturdays in August took an in-depth look into the food, rations and recipes of the 40s, as well as the dances and songs.

Once again, the town hall was packed with visitors who enjoyed a catwalk display of vintage costumes taken from Terri Weller’s extensive collection. Evacuees with gas masks, labels and suitcases were followed by people wearing the latest in utility clothing, and for those short of ‘clothing coupons’, inventive ‘make do and mend’ dresses were on display. Smart daywear for the office followed and the finale of the show featured a wartime wedding, complete with bouquet, confetti and wedding cake.

The displays of hats, underwear and children’s home-made toys evoked many memories for visitors, although most ladies were happy to have said goodbye to corsets and stocking seams, and women were able to have their hair styled in popular styles from the 40s.

The forum is hoping to recapture more of the forties spirit next year when the town will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of VE Day.