Going underground

Organisers of the Yorkshire Wartime Experience in Hunsworth have built an underground bunker.
Organisers of the Yorkshire Wartime Experience in Hunsworth have built an underground bunker.

One of the largest displays of military vehicles the country has ever seen takes place on fields in Hunsworth next month.

A total of 316 military vehicles will feature during the Yorkshire Wartime Experience from July 5-7.

In addition there will be 42 pieces of armour, including 10 battle tanks from the First World War; 37 pieces of artillery and 51 re-enactment groups.

It is the second year running that the war weekend has been held and organiser Stuart Wright hopes there will be no repeat of last year’s torrential downpours.

“Everything is getting into place, now all we need is good weather,” he said.

Volunteers have already been hard at work building trenches at the site off Hunsworth Lane, to create as authentic an experience as possible.

“It’s the longest ‘First World War’ trench to have been made in England, and we have even created an underground bunker.” added Stuart.

“We’re so pleased with the response we’ve had from everyone; the weather was so bad last year, but because we didn’t give up, people have shown their faith in us.

“The result is we have the biggest contigent of First World War groups ever gathered together in England.”

Other attractions include Monty’s Rolls Royce, complete with a Montgomery lookalike, 1940s singers and dancers, mock battles, pyrotechnics and a Battle of Britain Dakota fly-past on the Sunday at 1.50pm. Children from schools will be attending on the Friday, and the event will be open to the public on the Saturday and Sunday.

For more information and admission prices visit www.ywe-event.info/.