The Roaring 20’s

Each Sheepfair sees the whole village transported to another time or place, it is always an amazing sight and prizes are on offer for the best dressed villagers.

The Roaring Twenties is a period mostly remembered for its great economic prosperity and iconic exuberant freewheeling popular culture from which they got their name. As a result of their role in the war women felt more confident and empowered, and this new independence was reflected in the new fashions. Hair was shorter, dresses were shorter, and women started to smoke, drink and drive cars. The attractive, reckless, independent ‘flapper’ appeared on the scene, shocking society with her wild behaviour. For the aristocracy and wealthier classes, life had never been better. Nightclubs, jazz clubs and cocktail bars flourished in the cities. Many famous people, who influenced the future were around in the 1920’s Coco Channel, Al Capone, and Albert Einstein for example to name but a few. The hedonistic lifestyle portrayed in books and films such as ‘The Great Gatsby’ was perhaps for some, an escape from reality. In truth the 1920’s was a decade of both great growth, followed by a period of great depression the like of which we would not see again for almost 80 years.

For Overton it was also a time of great change and firsts, June 1922 saw the first paper produced at Overton Mill, in July of the same year the first meeting of the Overton branch of the Labour party. In April 1923 Overton was visited by King George V and Queen Mary, and in December that year the Overton Imperial Insiitute was opened. 1928 saw mains electricity for the first time in Overton, and sadly in July 1929 the last Overton Sheepfair until it was restarted in 2000.

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