The first thing you notice about this event and Chatham Dockyard itself, is that it feels like history has come to life. When visiting you connect with a strong sense of the past as you walk around the site, which during the war refitted, repaired and maintained 1,360 ships and saw 2,300 dockyard workers join the Home Guard to defend it. It’s a perfect backdrop for a celebration of the 1940s and that is just what Salute is.
Salute to the ‘40s is an annual event held at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent every September. The experience, which spans over 2 days, is filled with music, shopping
One of the reasons that Salute is such an interesting family day out is its mix of shopping, games, food and entertainment alongside the historical artefacts to explore. It is a real eclectic mix, with something for everyone.
Throughout the day there are air raid sirens sounding and gun salutes as well as a chance to experience an air raid shelter. This fascinating tour is lead by an ARP Warden who discusses the history of the shelters and the Second World War. Over 1,300 air raid warnings sounded in the dockyard during the war and 94 bombs hit the dockyard injuring 107 people and sadly killing 15.