Stoke Bruerne Village at War 2011

We again visited the excellent Village at War event organised by the Friends of the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne. The weather this year was, of course, just glorious and the crowds appear to have come out in force. Their coffers should be swelling after this weekend!

Here are a few images. As I said last year, with the reenactors dressed up for their parts this event is a photographer's delight. Those in khaki drill must have been quite hot!

Field Marshal Montgomery and his staff

The ARP Warden

Law and order in the 1940s

Mr. George Formby playing "When I'm cleaning Windows"

Mr. Winston Churchill and ladies in their summer frocks applauding Mr. Formby

Enjoying the Indian Summer

Newly painted NB Purton

Icebreaker Laplander always adds interest to a canal event

We met up with Keith & Jo on NB Hader, as we hoped, and had a chat about their winter plans. We also spent some time with Ann & Jim from Adelaide, Australia who are relatives of our next door neighbours. They a keen enthusiasts of British Canals having been to the Anderton Lift, the Falkirk Wheel, Foxton Locks, Hatton Flight, Tardibigge and the Caen Flight! A chat over lunch outside The Boat Inn with the Wilsons from from Deanshanger revealed that their family was a boating family who moved onto the bank in the late 1940s.

A fun day. It's now definitely part our calender.