‘Churchill’ and ‘King George VI’ inspect troops at Northamptonshire war fest

'King George VI' inspects Pitsford Home Guard.
'King George VI' inspects Pitsford Home Guard.

Re-enactors and residents have helped transport a Northamptonshire village back to World War Two.

Stoke Bruerne was today once again transformed into a 1940’s-themed village for its Village at War event, which continues on Sunday.

It was opened by men dressed as Winston Churchill and King George VI, who inspected the ‘troops’ and has featured Lola Lamour singing some nostalgic songs of the 40s in The Navigation pub tanks and other military vehicles, a mock battle and firepower demonstration.

There was also other re-enactments from living history groups such as the Pitsford Home Guard, Allied Assortment, UK Tank Club, Le Companie de Francois, Falling Leaves, Trucks, Troops and Stores, The Tommy Atkins Society, Foxhole Fugitives, BARS and the 7th British Infantry. 
David Blagrove, chairman of the Friends of the Canal Museum 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.”

Among the highlights of tomorrow’s entertainmnet, dependent on the weather, is a Spitfire flypast at about 2pm.

The following schedule for Sunday has been provided by the Friends of the Canal Museum. All times are approximate and subject to the weather.

9.40 Royal British Legion and Veterans, Military Re-enactors, Army Cadets and

others assemble at Museum Green to march to Church for 10am Service

10.45– 11.30am Paul Casper aka George Formby entertains the troops troops (music stage – under the bridge)

11-1pm Dance Lessons in Village Hall with All Ruzzit Buzzit. £5 per couple

Beginners 40’s jive 11-12pm and 40’s foxtrot 12-1pm

11.35-11.50 Women’s League of Health and Beauty-Museum Green

11.50 -12.20am Lola Lamour sings wartime favourites (music stage)

12.25-1.45pm Market Harborough Ukulele Group-Music Stage

12.45-1.45pm Fashion Show at The Church

1.40-2.00pm Firepower Display in Military Paddock

2.pm approx, Flight Display by Spitfire of Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

2.30-3.00pm Lola Lamour sings wartime favourites (music stage)

2.30 – 4.30pm Tea Dance with All Ruzzit Buzzit (Village Hall)

3.-3.20pm Battle with C. Troop. Allied Assortment and Tommy Atkins (viewing from Military Paddock)

3.25-3.45pm Women’s League of Health & Beauty –Village Green

3.45-4.15pm Paul Casper aka George Formby (music stage)

4.15-4.45pm Lola Lamour, Closes our Show with more fabulous singing.