The stark reality of life in the trenches will be brought to life during this year’s war weekend in Hunsworth.
The Yorkshire Wartime Experience’s two day event will honour those who have sacrificed their lives in conflicts around the world over the last century.
And it will be particularly poignant as this year sees the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war, the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Stuart Wright, one of the organisers, said each day would start with a minute’s silence to honour those who have died fighting for their country. “It’s not about celebrating war, it’s about remembering those who have lost their lives,” he said.
“It’s about educating people on their history and showing what life was really like for those on the front line. It’s a moving museum.”
As last year, the 2014 war weekend will include the biggest recreation of a World War I trench to be found in England.
“We will also have a full-scale battle re-enactment of first world war soldiers,” Stuart said.
“Seven re-enactment groups are coming, including the Lancashire Fusiliers who will do a cavalry charge on their horses, the Gordon Highlanders, Manchester Regt, Durham Light Infantry and the Welsh Regt. In addition there will be three original first world war vehicles.”
There will be World War II battle re-enactments, living history group displays, tanks, trade and military stalls, pyrotechnics, 1940s singing and dancing, fun fair, food stalls, military vehicles, and the biggest American encampment ever seen in England.
“We’re delighted to announce as well that we have been granted a Battle of Britain Dakota flypast again, which will take place on the Sunday,” added Stuart. “And we’ve been told that if we can raise £1,200 we can have another flypast by a Lancaster bomber, so if anyone – or any business – would like to sponsor that, they can contact me on 07748 604461.”
The war weekend takes place at Cockleshaw Beck Farm in Hunsworth on July 6-7. The previous day is reserved for schoolchildren.
For info and ticket prices visit www.ywe-event.info.