One of the less publicised aspects of being in politics is the practice of attending functions that can include some at which one is asked to "get into the spirit" of a themed evening, and dress accordingly – such as at Thirties and Forties events. There have also been others with non time-related themes.
Now, this era was entirely before I was born, so I have no personal experience
of those decades; but I and a friend did make the effort when required,
as the photo at the right shows.
For anyone wondering:
this photograph was taken at a social/fund-raising 'Forties' themed event
held at Rochester Airport Café in the spring of 2009. It was very
By the way: the 'Thirties' event I attended (in 2004) even had proper wind-up gramophones and 78 rpm records...