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Yanks are Back in Saddleworth 2020!

On August 8th-9th 2020, the annual military show & vehicle parade returns to the villages of Uppermill in Saddleworth. The event brings a wide selection of fabulous 1940’s entertainment, historical displays and much much more…

An unforgettable day out and fantastic experience for the everyone as the “Yanks” set up camp in the grounds of Saddleworth School in Uppermill, Saddleworth. This is a huge event that winds back the clock across the whole area taking you right back to World War Two!!!

This very popular annual event was first staged 18 years ago to celebrate the local filming of the Hollywood movie “YANKS” in 1979 starring Richard Gere. Many locations in Uppermill and neighbouring Dobcross were used in the film. Just like the movie set, living history reenactors and vintage military vehicles owners recreate an atmosphere of Wartime Britain. Lots of wartime entertainment, period stalls, dancing, military vehicle parade and much, much more…!

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Huge Display of Military Vehicles

Now in its 17th year open to all Military & Classic Vehicles from 1914 to the Gulf war.

You will see, Military Vehicle Encampment, Militaria & Vintage stalls, Mr Churchill, General Patton & Monty Visiting the troops.

Entertainment All Weekend

There will be musical entertainment on the hard standing all weekend compared by Paul MG other entertainers will be announced via our facebook page.

On Saturday we have our Tea Dance into the school canteen from Noon – 3.00pm our tea dance, is hosted by Wendy and Trina spinning the discs from the Backstep Boogie Club. Admission is only £2.50 and includes tea or coffee and cake.

Don’t forget our popular Victory Swing Ball on Saturday evening 7-30pm. This again will be staged back in the School Hall 2 entertaining us will be the fantastic “Suburban Swing Orchestra” along with Trina from the Backstep Boogie Club, spinning the discs and playing music from the decades plus FREE dance lessons. Tickets, have remained the same price as previous years at £15.00pp, only available in advance, including Hot Wartime Supper.

Admission to the main event:Adults £5.00; Children 5 to 16 years £3.00; Veterans FREE and Reenactors FREE with a pre-booked 1940’s retro ID card.

You can download the application form for the Victory Spring Ball here >>> [Download not found]

Swinging Sunday

Sunday, “YOU WILL SEE ALL OF THE ABOVE AND MORE“, plus the Mayor of Oldham and other Dignitaries, will be hosting a coffee morning with the Normandy Veterans followed by the Military Parade & Convoy, “STARTING AT 12 NOON IN UPPERMILL VILLAGE” led by Oldham Scottish Pipe Band, along with Post War Veterans, Cadets, plus Northenden Pipe Band leading Re-enactors out within the parade. Mr Churchill, will be in the lead vehicle of the Parade, going through the village of Uppermill, then making there way though surrounding areas of Saddleworth, up to the “Carriage House” public house, at Marsden.

Bring your dancing shoes!

You can download the application form for the Victory Spring Ball here >>> [Download not found]

Want to get Involved?

Do you want to show your classic / military vehicle? Or maybe you fancy running a stall at the event? Or are you a re-enactor or part of a re-enactment group and fancy getting involved? All are welcome at the Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth event 2019! Just head over to our Get Involved page where you can download the application forms – we hope to see you there!

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Please note there is no public parking at the school but we have been able to secure a park and ride scheme at Well-i-hole farm OL3 7LT. Space is limited and only available for visitors attending the main event at Saddleworth school. Please refer to our facebook page the full conditions.

Admission Prices

Admission to the main event: Adults £5.00; Children 5 to 16 years £3.00; Veterans FREE and Reenactors FREE with a pre-booked 1940’s retro ID card. A family ticket is available at £12.00 for 2 adults and 2 under 16’s.


After talks with OMBC and team members, the decision has been made to cancel this year's show. In the interest of keeping everyone safe, including the villagers of Uppermill and surrounding areas.

In True Dunkirk Spirit.... We have been working tirelessly over the weeks putting things in place, altering formats, revamping the show layout, altering visitor attractions, endless meetings and looking at new Health and Safety formats, to cover the pandemic, and meet the ever changing government guidelines.
One thing is for sure, we did our very best for you the traders to put on and keep your business alive. If traders are now looking for a refund, this will be available in the coming weeks. Alternatively If traders want to secure their booking at this year's price, for next year this would save you money, due to the price Increases for next year's show.
The Visitor. We are sorry we can’t deliver your show for 2020. But we hope to see you next year. Put the date in your diaries 7-8th August. This will be our 20th Anniversary show.
As for the Media hype “Super Saturday” forgive me, if I don’t share this occasion, Business open! YET we can’t trade?
We as a team would like to thank you for the support and encouragement from all traders and the wonderful phone calls from all our visitors.
A quote from Mr Churchill during WW2, (This is our finest Hour) I’m sorry report, this is not our Finest Hour in 2020.

Paul & Yanks are back in Saddleworth team.