War extravaganza set for summer

Stuart Wright is organising a war weekend this summer. (d22021219)
Stuart Wright is organising a war weekend this summer. (d22021219)

A WARTIME exhibition of battles of the 20th century is to take place this summer.

The Yorkshire Wartime Experience will feature re-enactments, living history displays and reconstructed trenches that people will be able to explore.

Re-enactment groups will dress up as World War II Tommies, American GIs and Women’s Land Army members, and there will be dozens of original wartime vehicles to see close up.

Organiser Stuart Wright said there would be 102 original wartime vehicles including working army tanks, stalls with memorabilia, and 21 re-enactment groups putting on different wartime displays including a Home Guard group, and German paratroopers.

He said trenches would be dug in the fields which people could explore to get a feel of what it would have been like on many battlefields including World War II, the Gulf War, Vietnam and the Falklands.

He said: “We are going for the biggest re-enactment battle that’s ever been staged in the UK.

“So far there are just over 500 people taking part.

“It looks like a proper battlefield and the battle will be based on how it was in Normandy in 1955.”

There will also be a Battle of Britain flypast, a 25lb field gun display and live firing tanks.

The event takes place in fields off Hunsworth Lane from June 22 to 24.

On Friday June 22 the fields will be open for schoolchildren to explore the site and learn about wartime history from World War I and II and other conflicts. There will be a Battle of Britain memorial flypast.

On the Saturday and Sunday gates will open at 10am, followed by the Last Post, dedication and Reveille, a 25 gun firing display, an arena vehicle display and a battle re-enactment.

Free 1940s dance lessons will be given and there will be entertainment from 1940s style the Crown Top Kings.

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