This weekend saw Blyth Battery play host to armed forces from Britain, the USA and Germany from the 1940s – yes, we were invaded!
Both days had a variety of things to see and do, as costumed characters roamed the area, and the beach was transformed into a scene from Normandy, complete with gunfire and explosions. Allied and enemy camps had all manner of officers and troop with various vehicles, and the tempting smell of stew wafted from cooking pots! A George Formby impersonator and some glamorous young ladies provided entertainment with their vocal stylings, and the Battery was opened up to let people inside. There was even a “black market” where clothes, and artifacts from the 40s were on display for all to see. The man in the market gave some replica old money to Tadpole, which made his day!
Everyone involved was a volunteer, and all provided their own costumes and props, which made the spectacle all the more wonderful – these people give up their time, free of charge, to entertain others and let people know about the rich wartime history of the area.
I have contacted the organisers and offered to get involved with future events as a singer – I’d love to get dressed up and entertain the troops! There’s a smaller event in September, so watch this space!