War themed weekend is a real show stopper

Stoke Bruerne at War.The Tommy Atkins Society.'111001M-E104
Stoke Bruerne at War.The Tommy Atkins Society.'111001M-E104

THOUSANDS of visitors flocked to Stoke Bruerne’s annual Village at War event in record breaking temperatures last weekend to enjoy the popular 1940s spectacle organised by The Friends of the Canal Museum and villagers.

The event, which is now in its fourth year and has won many awards and accolades, featured living history groups and individual re-enactors from all over the country.

Glamorous singer Lola Lamour and George Formby (aka Paul Casper) performed to packed audiences. Wartime fare like spam sandwiches and bread and dripping were available and Monty and Churchill were on hand to carry out troop inspections. Tanks and military vehicles were on display, the Pitsford Home Guard were on parade and the Land Army were back again with their Dig for Victory Garden.

David Blagrove, chairman of the Friends said: ”This year we have been blessed with wonderful sunshine and high temperatures which have ensured a huge turn-out and everyone has enjoyed themselves immensely at the same time raising funds for our museum and other worthwhile local charities.”

Other attractions included a history and fashion parade, a tea dance, vintage canal boats. There was also a Sunday morning service with Rev Colin Hutchings and the Royal British Legion.

There was also an air display by the Lysander aircraft from the Shuttleworth Collection.

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