Thousands flock to Baston for Blitz weekend

Baston Blitz 1940's weekend . Malcolm Tyas,  Steve Roberts and Bob Ham from the BBMF re-enactment group with   WW2 Hurricane. EMN-160608-213737009
Baston Blitz 1940's weekend . Malcolm Tyas, Steve Roberts and Bob Ham from the BBMF re-enactment group with WW2 Hurricane. EMN-160608-213737009
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History was brought to life for more than 6,000 people over the weekend as the third Baston in the Blitz 1940s event was held.

Hosted once again on the Brudenell Playing Fields, the event ran on both Saturday and Sunday and included a variety of Second World War displays.

Baston Blitz 1940's weekend . Chris bates and Andy Berry from the Mobile Military Museum as WW2 Germany Army soldiers EMN-160608-213925009

Baston Blitz 1940's weekend . Chris bates and Andy Berry from the Mobile Military Museum as WW2 Germany Army soldiers EMN-160608-213925009

An exciting new feature of this year’s event was live re-enactments in the display arena.

Elsewhere, there was a static aircraft display including a Hawker Hurricane and model aircraft flying by the Lakeside Model Group.

Entertainment running continuously included a return visit by Paul Casper as George Formby, as well as the Blitz Dancers and friends. The shooting range made a return while young and old alike had a go at mine-detecting. There was vintage amusements and rides, as well as a traditional Punch and Judy Show for the youngsters to enjoy.

But the highlight for organiser Alan Hutchins was a flypast on Saturday by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. It’s unusual to see all three fly over one event.

Alan said: “The flypast really was amazing – it was a real highlight of an excellent weekend.

“It was a much larger event than in previous years and we hope to keep growing year-on-year.”

Alan was also thrilled with the reaction to the live re-enactments: “The public were very enthusiastic. It was great to see the soldiers in full uniform and have lots of smoke and explosions.”