Stoke Bruerne’s annual Village at War event is set kick off tonight at 7.
The WWII event will last all weekend and begins tonight with Lola Lamour singing some nostalgic songs of the 40s in The Navigation pub. The wartime theme will continue with tea dances and vintage fashion shows in the church, a black market, tanks and other military vehicles, a battle and firepower demonstration and other re-enactments from living history groups.
With a whole array of events being organised over the 3 days, there will be something for everyone. Events include a Punch and Judy show, some ‘off ration’ fishing by the lock and the chance to visit some of the stalls and shows, including a Summer Produce show and a Health and Beauty display. Some people will even be throwing themselves into the ‘Holidays at Home’ spirit by camping by the canal for a couple of nights in the fresh air.
There is also news of a band playing in the afternoon and dances which are so popular in the ballrooms these days such as the Foxtrot and a few novelty dances, will be taught at the Village Hall.
More musical entertainment and 40s glamour will be provided by George Formby (aka Paul Casper) and Lola Lamour whilst Churchill (aka Peter Austwick) will be around to inspect the troops. As usual there will be plenty of historic boats in attendance, including the Museum boat Sculptor which saw action in London as a fire boat in the Blitz.
Tomorrow, a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be flying the skies over the village and in the evening festival goers can attend a swing dance with Sticky Wicket’s big band sound at nearby Roade Village Hall (tickets £18 each including a light supper + £2 for coach transport to and from Stoke Bruerne).
Chairman of the Friends, David Blagrove said: ”This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Canal Museum and we are pulling out all the stops to make this the biggest and best Village at War Weekend ever.”
The cost of a day ticket is £5 per person (accompanied children under 16 are free) and weekend passes are £10. Parking in village car parks is an extra £2 payable to the car park operator). All surplus proceeds from the event will be donated to The Friends of the Canal Museum registered charity and other village and not-for-profit groups also benefit. Full details of the Village at War Weekend and advance booking forms can be found on the Friends website at: www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk
The event is organised by the Friends of the Canal Museum in partnership with the Canal Museum , Stoke Bruerne and the local community to raise awareness of the Museum and all that the canal side village has to offer.