A MARKET town turned back the clock as thousands flocked to enjoy a community celebration of wartime nostalgia.

There was singing and dancing in the streets as live entertainers joined soldiers, aircrew and land girls in period uniform for Northallerton's second Homefront Forties event.

Recreations in the town centre included an under-cover French Resistance radio station blaring out secret morse code and an eye-catching selection of British and American military vehicles, including Jeeps and armoured troop carriers.

Other popular attractions included two vintage traction engines and a period harvest threshing machine from North Otterington.

Visitors sang along to the hits of Glenn Miller, George Formby and the Andrews Sisters as they danced on the town square.

The event was organised by Northallerton Business Improvement District (BID), which supports shops and offices in the High Street area, and achieved a significant increase in weekend footfall.

BID manager Graham Bell, said: “It was another very successful showcase event for Northallerton that attracted visitors from a wide area."