Chance to go back in time at village re-enactment event

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NOSTALGIA fans take note – Stoke Bruerne is holding its annual Village At War weekend on October 1 and 2.

This is the fourth year the Friends of the Canal Museum, the museum staff and the Stoke Bruerne community have organised the event, which has taken months of planning.

Last year saw several thousand people enjoy the weekend, where the whole village steps back in time to the war years, complete with the Home Guard, the women’s land army, the fire service, re-enactors, historic narrowboats and the Canal Museum’s cafe transformed into 1940s Cafe Rene.

For a donation of £5 each day, visitors get entry to the Canal Museum (normally £4.75), learn how to do the Lambeth Walk and enjoy bread and dripping and Spam sandwiches at a tea dance.

Also included are a George Formby tribute concert, a 1940s sing-along with popular singer Lola Lamour, a black and white archive film show and a firepower demonstration by the British Airborne Re-enactment society and Allied Assortment.

Sunday visitors can also enjoy a fashion show of original 1940s clothing in St Mary-the-Virgin Church and a flying display by the Sea Hurricane from The Shuttleworth Collection (subject to weather conditions).

On the Saturday night, there’s a ’40s swing dance at Roade Village Hall with Sticky Wicket and his Swing Band. Tickets, at £16 including supper, are likely to sell out, so book quickly via www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk

Full details of the weekend can also be found on the website

> The Friends of the Canal Museum are holding a fundraising Quadrophenia Night at The Navigation, Stoke Bruerne, on Sunday, September 25, from 6pm, complete with quiz, raffle and barbecue.