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Vintage 40s Canal Event Celebrates Tenth Year

Author: Lynda Payton Published: 25th August 2017 09:08

10am-5pm Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017- (also evening entertainment on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September) - Lola LamourLola Lamour will be appearing at Village at War - 10am-5pm Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017- (also evening entertainment on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September)
Centred on the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne’s Village at War Weekend is all set to deliver yet another opportunity to experience life in the 40s in a glorious setting on the idyllic Grand Union Canal, and this year, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this award winning event we will be bringing you even more of your favourite vintage entertainers.

Glamorous singer Lola Lamour and George Formby (aka Paul Casper) will be joining forces with Perfect Vintage, Betty Bluebird, Ruzzit Buzzit and Pearly King 'Rosie' Rose to keep both the troops and public entertained royally. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hopefully will be back in the skies with a fly past on both days* (*TBC) and Churchill, Field Marshall Montgomery and George VI will be kept busy delivering rousing speeches and inspecting the troops.

On the water, a number of historic boats, some in wartime livery, many of whom played important roles carrying vital supplies for the war effort, will complete the colourful scene and our very own HMS Charlie will be offering boat trips into the mouth of the two hundred year old Blisworth Canal Tunnel.

On dry land visitors can expect to learn how to Lindy Hop and Jive at our afternoon tea dances, watch fashion parades, browse a collection of military and civilian vehicles, watch exciting firepower demonstrations and skirmishes, experience air raids and get a chance to obtain rationed goods in the black market, including seamed nylon stockings for the wife or girlfriend. Living history groups and individual re-enactors such as policemen, spivs, air raid wardens, the Home Guard, American GI’s, the free French and Land Army girls will be out in force to show visitors what life was like in wartime Britain. Be sure to dust off and bring along Great Grandad's gas mask - you never know, you might need it!

Admission is £7.50 per Adult (under 16s free). Parking in official event car parks is included. The Village at War Weekend is organised by The Friends of the Canal Museum Charity (Reg. No. 1121146) and any surplus goes towards their work supporting The Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne.
 
More information at www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org. uk/village-at-war-2017

10am-5pm Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017- (also evening entertainment on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September)

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