Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Stoke Bruerne’s eighth annual Village at War Weekend tomorrow (Saturday) and on Sunday to enjoy the popular 40s spectacle.
Organised by The Friends of the Canal Museum and villagers, the Second World War vintage event has won many awards and accolades in the past, and will feature two aerial flypasts, one each day (subject to weather), featuring a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight buzzing the skies over the village.
Living history groups and individual re-enactors such as policemen, spivs, air raid wardens, American GI’s, the Free French and Land Army girls will travel from all over the country to entertain and show visitors what life was like in wartime Britain.
The glamorous singer Lola Lamour and George Formby (aka Paul Casper) will perform to the audience on the Alhambra Stage under the arches of the canal bridge, and in the NAAFI tent.
Wartime food like spam sandwiches and bread and dripping will be on sale, while Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, King George VI and Winston Churchill will be on hand to carry out troop inspections.
Tanks and all kinds of military vehicles will be on display, the local Northampton Home Guard and Army Cadet Force will be on parade and regular air raids will send visitors running for cover.
The whole village takes part in the vintage weekend, with a fashion parade at the church, opportunities to learn how to dance the hokey cokey or Palais Glide at the village hall tea dances, and a chance to sip a well earned cuppa at the Nippy Tea Rooms (aka the village school).
As always, there will be colourful vintage canal boats moored along the canal, many of whom played an important role carrying vital supplies for the war effort, not to mention First World War and Second World War displays about the role of the canals on view in the Canal Museum.
The action packed weekend has plenty to see and do for the whole family.
Admission is £6 for adults, under 16s free. and parking in the event car parks is included.
Village at War is organised by the Friends of the Canal Museum in partnership with the Canal Museum, the Canal and River Trust and the community to raise awareness of the museum and all that the canalside village has to offer.