Visitors flocked in their thousands to the annual Village at War event at Stoke Bruerne on 14th-15th September and despite a weather threatened Sunday the weekend proved a great success. The festivities started on Friday evening in the canalside Navigation Inn, continued through a very busy Saturday complete with Swing Dance in the evening and finished off on Sunday with a special church service attended by Royal British Legion, Veterans, Army Cadets and Military Re-enactors followed by firepower displays and battle re-enactments throughout the afternoon
Sadly Sunday's planned Spitfire fly-past from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight had to be cancelled due to the weather, but not just at Stoke Bruerne, all of its scheduled displays that day.
Musical entertainment and 40s glamour was provided by George Formby (aka Paul Casper); Lola Lamour and the Market Harborough Ukele Band performing underneath the dry arch of the canal bridge where a dance floor had also been erected. Winston Churchill (aka Peter Austwick) and Field Marshall Montgomery (aka Alan Oliver) were very much in evidence inspecting the troops as usual. And…for the first time, King George VI and his wife were out and about talking to their loyal subjects.
This year the 40s themed weekend had lots of new attractions for visitors including a display of vintage wedding dresses, Women’s League of Health and Beauty fitness routines and a Wartime Produce & Craft Show. Make do and mend was order of the day and the village defences were patrolled by the local Home Guard.