Village at War Weekend—10th Anniversary

Published: Thursday, 29 June 2017

WHOEVER thought up the idea of turning a canalside village into as it was way back in the Second World War, could surely not have envisaged the tremendous success it would be, with now its 10th anniversary.

Once again, Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal, will stage a Village at War Weekend, on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, centred on the Canal Museum, it is all set to for yet another opportunity to experience life in the 40s in the setting of the Grand Union Canal.

war4Firm favourites

Over the year it has produced its firm favourites with such as the glamorous singer Lola Lamour and George Formby (aka Paul Casper) with Betty Bluebird, Ruzzit Buzzit and Pearly King Rosie Rose to keep both the troops and public entertained royally.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be back in the skies with a fly past on both days and Churchill, Field Marshall Montgomery and George VI will be kept busy delivering rousing speeches and inspecting the troops.

Boat in wartime livery

On the water, a number of historic boats, some in wartime livery, many of whom played important roles carrying vital supplies for the war effort, will complete the colourful scene and our very own HMS Charlie will be offering boat trips into the mouth of Blisworth Tunnel.

On dry land visitors can expect to learn how to Lindy Hop and Jive at our afternoon tea dances, watch fashion parades, browse a collection of military and civilian vehicles, watch fire-power demonstrations and skirmishes, experience air raids and get a chance to obtain rationed goods in the black market, including seamed nylon stockings for the wife or girlfriend.

Monty warRe-actors

Living history groups and individual re-enactors such as policemen, spivs, air raid wardens, the Home Guard, American GI’s, the free French and Land Army girls will be out in force to show visitors what life was like in wartime Britain.

It is taking place 10am to 5pm (also evening entertainment on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September).

Admission is £7.50 per Adult (under 16s free). Parking in official event car parks is included. The Village at War Weekend is organised by The Friends of the Canal Museum Charity and any surplus goes towards their work supporting The Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne. Sat nav—NN12 7SE.