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Spirit of the Blitz
1:00pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in Latest News
THE spirit of wartime Britain was in great supply in Lacock last weekend, as the village was taken over by a host of military and civilian re-enactors.
The village playing fields hosted the second Lacock at War event, which saw military vehicles, costumes and weapons on display, while the nearby Whitehall Garden Centre was swinging to the sounds of 1940s music, fashion and dance with the annual Dig For Victory event.
Retired Hilperton mechanic Bill Cleverly, 74, brought his restored 1942 Austin K2 fire engine along for the weekend.
He said: “It was used during the Blitz. They painted it grey for the blackouts, as the Germans would drop bombs on any red engines they saw.
“It was really popular, a lot of people said they had seen them in old films, but never up and running, and a lot of youngsters wanted to climb up on it to ring the bell.”
Hundreds came to the two events, which culminated in a flypast by a Dakota bomber.
Mr Cleverly said: “It was really exciting, the pilot flew over four or five times, probably 100 feet up in the air, so you could see him waving. It was a brilliant day.”
Steve Honeybone was one of the event’s organisers, and spent the weekend in costume with his re-enactment group Tommy und Jerry 1940.
He said: “We had a lot more entrants and more vehicles this year, and some of the groups were top-notch.
“This was the first year we had the firepower demonstration, which went down really well. “They fired all their guns at once, to give the real sound of a firefight, not like it is in the movies.”
Sue Hardy, of Whitehall Garden Centre, said: “It was very busy, we had fashion shows and sing-a-longs, it was wonderful.
“A lot of people went to understand the history of what went on at Lacock, then came over here to see the fun side. There were also a lot of OAPs, who really enjoyed the nostalgia of it.”