A DRESS historian will be taking people back in time in aid of the Royal British Legion next month.

Living history group World War II Operations are hosting an event with Lucy Adlington, of the History Wardrobe, as she explores world of fashion, fabrics, hats and home sewing in the 1940s with her new novel, The Red Ribbon, which was inspired by the story of the dressmakers in Auschwitz.

The event is in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and will be held at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Newgate, Barnard Castle on November 7,from 6.30pm.

Drinks and canapes will be served at the beginning of the night with an opportunity to browse the display of 1940s fashions and accessories.

There will be a bookstall hosted by Castle Hill Books (Richmond) as well as a range of RBL poppy items available for a donation.

The event is presented in association with Barnard Castle 1940s Weekend and audience members are welcome to dress in 1940s costume if desired.

Ms Adlington's presentation will begin at 7pm and last for a little over an hour.

For tickets, which cost £5 and include refreshments, call Iris Hillery on 07919 344845 or buy on the door.

Copies of the book - available in paperback or hardback - can also be reserved prior to the event.

The Red Ribbon is published in paperback at £7.99 and hardback at £10.99.