Oh, what a lovely Wartime Weekend
GUN shots, bomb explosions and a touch of swing-music were the sounds coming out of Swindon’s ninth Wartime Weekend.
The event made its return after a year’s break and organiser Ian Matthews said its popularity had suffered.
Last year, roadworks on Tapdole Lane forced organisers to cancel the much-loved military extravaganza.
Ian, who is chairman of the wartime committee at Cricklade Railway, said the numbers were down but he expected the two-day event to bounce back next year.
“The initial figures from ticket sale are fairly good,” said Ian.
“In a year or so I expect the numbers will knock up a peg or two and get back to how they were.
“It would be disastrous for the railway if it stopped. It raises money so the railway can develop and also fund what it already runs.
“The weather has been better than expected and there have been lots of positive comments from people as they are leaving.”
A selection of military war vehicles from through the 20th century were on show. There was also a variety of stalls including vintage clothes, homemade jams, army boots, guns, and an impression of a bombed-out 1940s kitchen, which was run by Brian Hinton.
His stall had old-fashion milk bottles, Oxo cubes, silverware and cake stands.
“I absolutely love coming here,” said Brian, 63, of Trowbridge, who also took part in a Second World War re-enachment.
“It’s exciting taking part, there’s always some new element which stops it from getting repetitive.”
Claire Bulson was showcasing her wartime toys, which included toy cars, china dolls and a 1940s pram
“It’s a lovely show,” she said.
“I missed it last year when it wasn’t on.”
Wendy Broad, 63, of Didcot, who attended the event on the Sunday, said she thought the wartime weekend was important as it allowed children to learn about their past.
“I love coming here,” she said.
"I like going around all the vintage clothes stalls. If we don’t keep events like this going then the children won’t’ get to come and learn about their past.
“It is good for them to realise if we hadn’t fought these wars, they wouldn’t be enjoying as much freedom as they have today,” she said.
Live battles were performed from the American Civil War as well re-enactments from WW2 and many more.
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