Village At War Weekend
|Author: Lynda Payton||Published: 31st August 2018 09:13|
Village at War Weekend from 10am-5pm on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018 (also evening entertainment on Friday 7th & Saturday 9th September) at Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, NN12 7SE – a stunning canalside village with the Grand Union Canal flowing through the centre.
Dust off your gas masks and dig out those ration books. The picturesque canal village of Stoke Bruerne is once again preparing to wind back the years to the 1940s with its award winning popular re-enactment weekend which increases in size and popularity yearly
It all happens over the weekend of 8th and 9th September when a huge cast of forties tribute artistes will be on hand to entertain the troops and home forces while Churchill, Field Marshall Montgomery and George VI are kept busy delivering rousing speeches.
As well as a tea dance with instruction in swing and jive at the village hall, the church is hosting a fashion parade, the school will be transformed into a ‘nippy’ tea rooms and fields around the village centre will be filled with vintage markets, memorabilia, military and vintage vehicles and displays. To complete the experience, members of 40s living history groups and re-enactors from all over the country will be re-creating life as it was in wartime Britain.
Weather permitting, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be in the skies, 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 colourful scene.
On the Friday night for those arriving early, there will be a forties sing-song in the local hostelries, and on Saturday evening for those staying on site, there is a swing dance at the village hall.
Weekend passes are £10 (accompanied children under 16 are free) including parking and free entry to The Canal Museum. All surplus proceeds go to the organisers, the Friends of the Canal Museum, a Registered Charity, who support the Museum and its work.