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Stoke Bruerne Village at War Weekend 2019

Author: Lynda Payton Published: 30th August 2019 08:29

Dust off your gas masks, dig out those ration books and prepare to be transported back in time to Britain of the 1940s. Dust off your gas masks, dig out those ration books and prepare to be transported back in time to Britain of the 1940s.
Dust off your gas masks, dig out those ration books and prepare to be transported back in time to Britain of the 1940s.

Set on the picturesque Grand Union Canal, Stoke Bruerne's 12th  award winning popular 40s re-enactment weekend will have you jiving and Lindy Hopping to the sounds of no less than nine vintage entertainers or diving for cover in the air raid shelter at the rear of the Canal Museum
 
It all happens over the weekend of 7th and 8th September 2019 when a huge cast of forties re-enactors and promenaders will be invading the tiny canal village and Churchill, Field Marshall Montgomery and Bomber Harris will be kept busy inspecting the troops and delivering rousing speeches.
 
As well as tea dances at the Village Hall, vintage fashion parades at the Church, the school will be transformed into a ‘nippy’ tea rooms and fields around the village centre will be filled with black markets, memorabilia, military and vintage vehicles and displays. There will also be battle re-enactments and 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 busy scene.

On the Friday night for those arriving early, there will be forties sing-alongs in the local hostelries, and on Saturday evening for those staying on site, a swing dance at the Village Hall.
 
Weekend passes are £10 (accompanied children under 16 are free) and include parking and free entry to The Canal Museum with its special Canals at War exhibition. All surplus proceeds go to organisers, the Friends of the Canal Museum, a Registered Charity, who support the Museum and its work and other local good causes. For further information please see www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk

For more information, including a downloadable programme go to: www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk/vaw-2019

 

When: 10am-5pm Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September
            (also evening entertainment on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th September)

Where: Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, NN12 7SE – a stunning canalside village with the Grand Union Canal flowing through the centre

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