Whitehaven’s Rosehill Theatre is marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day this weekend with a safe day of drive-in entertainment.

This Saturday there will be family-friendly songs, stories and poetry, and later in the afternoon some Golden Oldie sing-along sessions.

They hope to keep everyone happy from the youngest to the older members of the community.

Entertainer Steve Wharton will get things started with a children’s story and song session at 9.45am. ‘The Magic Saltpot’, which is particularly suitable for the under 10s and their families, will tell a tale of strange fishing practices on Bassenthwaite Lake followed by plenty of songs to join in with. The session will last for 30 minutes and will be repeated at 11am.

At 2pm fans of poetry and folk music can be entertained in their own cars with 30 minutes of Lake District songs and poems. A collection of traditional and original songs and poems will be told, including works by Robert Anderson and William Wordsworth.

To end the day there will be several Golden Oldies sing-alongs in three sessions, at 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm, each lasting 40 minutes. The audience are invited to join in with a selection of songs from the 1940s to the early 1950s. They can dress in wartime outfits and wave Union flags to add to the atmosphere if they want to.

The event is a drive-in performance at Rosehill Theatre’s car park, at £2.50 per person per show. Tickets need to be purchased on the theatre’s website at Rosehilltheatre.co.uk by Friday.

The sound will be broadcast to the audience’s FM radio (car stereo, portable radio or mobile phone app).