Gallery: Baston revisits the Blitz once again

Baston in the Blitz. Paul Neave with  the Spitffire on display EMN-150108-201826009
Baston in the Blitz. Paul Neave with the Spitffire on display EMN-150108-201826009
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Crowds gathered on Brudenell Playing Fields in Baston this weekend to see a mixture of Second World War history displays.

This year’s event celebrating life in the 1940s saw a record breaking 4,000 people, beating last year’s attendance.

The biggest attraction was the Spitfire, owned by Terry Arlow. People were able to sit in the cockpit and have their photo’s taken wearing a flying jacket and helmet.

Event organiser, Alan Hutchins said the event, being held for the second time, was a huge success.

“There were lots of happy people - we were so shocked with how many turned up,” he added.

The event had a collection of 1930s and 1940s cars, military reenactments and many trade stalls selling a range of vintage clothing and jewellery.

Old-fashioned amusements such as swing boats, a coconut shy and Punch and Judy show were available for the younger ones who attended.

Another huge attraction was a vintage hair stylist that became very popular with the women who attended the event. Alan said: “At night we had a 1940s dance so all the women were pleased that they could have their hair done just like the women from the 1940s.

“The dance was a big hit, with around 250 people. I had a waiting list of people just incase anyone cancelled.”

Live entertainment was nonstop throughout the whole weekend. The event featured some of the UK’s most popular period performers such as Peter Austwick, a Winston Churchill impersonator. Peter opened the event on both days with Winston Churchill speeches. He then went on to walk through the crowd and have his photo taken.

Event organisers thanked everyone who came along and took part in the event.