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Stoke Bruerne’s 8th annual Village at War Weekend

Visitors are expected to flock to Stoke Bruerne’s 8th annual Village at War Weekend on 12th-13th September to enjoy the popular 40’s spectacle organised by The Friends of the Canal Museum and villagers.

The WW2 vintage event which has won many awards and accolades, features 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 come 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 be performing to packed audiences on the Alhambra Stage (under the arches of the canal bridge) and in the NAAFI tent. Wartime fare like spam sandwiches and bread and dripping will be on sale and Monty, King George VI and 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 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 Village School). As always, there will be colourful vintage canal boats moored along the canal, many of whom played important roles carrying vital supplies for the war effort, not to mention WW1 and WW2 displays about the role of the canals on view in the Canal Museum.

All in all, the weekend will be action packed with plenty to see and do for all the family. Admission is £6 per Adult (under 16s free) and parking in Event Car Parks is included.

More information at www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk/village-at-war-2015



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