Taking a trip back in time to the Village at War

Village at War event at Stoke Bruerne. Picture by Lynda Payton. PNL-140916-170230001
Village at War event at Stoke Bruerne. Picture by Lynda Payton. PNL-140916-170230001

Visitors to a canalside village went back in time 70 years to enjoy the tastes and sights of the 1940s.

The Stoke Bruerne Village at War event last weekend attracted thousands of visitors to see living history groups and Second World War re-enactors bring the era to life.

Village at War event at Stoke Bruerne PNL-140916-170410001

Village at War event at Stoke Bruerne PNL-140916-170410001

Now in its seventh year, Village at War also featured entertainment from Lola Lamour and George Formby (aka Paul Casper), a display of tanks and military vehicles and colourful vintage canal boats.

David Blagrove, chairman of event organisers Friends of Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum said: “This year we have once again been blessed with wonderful weather which has ensured a huge turn-out and everyone has enjoyed themselves immensely.

“I am immensely grateful for all the volunteer effort which has gone into making Village at War such an enormous success, raising funds to help support our museum as well as other local and waterway charities and I look forward to doing it all again next year.”

There were two aerial displays with a Dakota and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Village at War event at Stoke Bruerne. A member of the Northamptonshire Home Guard Living History Unit. PNL-140916-170339001

Village at War event at Stoke Bruerne. A member of the Northamptonshire Home Guard Living History Unit. PNL-140916-170339001

Living history groups and re-enactors included policemen, spivs, American GIs and Land Army girls, while Winston Churchill was on hand to inspect the troops. The Northampton Home Guard were also on parade.

There was a fashion parade at the church and a chance to learn the hokey-cokey at a tea dance and the jive from the Swingsters in the village hall.