Stoke Bruerne prepares to go to war

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FOR the fifth year in succession, Stoke Bruerne is preparing to step back to the days of World War Two.

From tomorrow until Sunday, visitors to the village will be able to experience life in the Forties, including air raids, watch detachments of the Home Guard undertaking their duties, take cover in a bomb shelter and learn to do ‘the Lambeth Walk’.

Members of living history groups from around the country will be there. The Women’s Land Army will be ‘digging for victory’ and the Rt Hon Winston Churchill PC and Field Marshal Montgomery will be inspecting the troops.

On Saturday, a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be in the skies overhead, and on Sunday morning there will be a Drumhead Service on the lock side.

Musical entertainment will be provided by singer Lola Lamour and George Formby look-alike, Paul Casper, while the Village Hall will be hosting a Tea Dance provided by Ruzzit Buzzit. On Saturday evening there will be a Swing Dance at nearby Roade Village Hall with Sticky Wicket and Linda Morris.

Tea and cakes will be available at the Nippy Tea Rooms and a collection of military vehicles will be on parade.

Tomorrow night there will be a 1940s’ music night in The Navigation pub and on both days there will be a nostalgia exhibition and fashion show at the church.

For details, visit www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk.