On 18 and 19 May Blyth Battery goes to war. Northumberland’s premier re-enactment or living history event is set for war.
There will be vintage vehicles and displays exhibiting not only the military way of living, but how the public lived and made it through the war years of both WW1 and WW2. Re-enactors from all over England and Scotland will be taking part to give a full weekend of family fun.
A key feature of the weekend were scenes played out by re-enactment groups including a ‘beach assault’ each day with blank firing weapons which will provide some huge bangs and spectacular scenario.
Groups travelled from the west of Scotland, all over the north of England to take part in the re-creation of events of the time, and also featured are the artillery, mortars and grenades, as well as machine guns, living history displays and military vehicles including an original 1944 American M24 ‘Chaffee’ light tank.
There will be weapon talks and firing displays, and a mine clearance demonstration for the family to enjoy. There will also be a display each day by 1914 Gordon Highlanders, culminating in a short attack scenario in the Amphitheatre.
Mary Allison, Blyth battery volunteers said: “We are all very excited about this year’s event. It will be truly spectacular with what we and the re-enactors have planned. I am especially looking forward to the Beach battles and the Musical entertainment, with Colin Bourdaic and his tribute to George Formby and local girl Chloe Watson keeping everyone entertained throughout the weekend.
“I hope the weather is kind to us and people are able to come along and enjoy a really great weekend.”
Entry and car parking for the event is free, with extra event parking within easy walking distance (5 minutes or under), please look out for the event parking signs. Event parking on the rugby fields just off links road is especially for this event.
Arthur Cranson, Northumberland County Council’s coastal warden for South East Northumberland said: “The event has been run between the Northumberland County Council and Blyth Battery Volunteers. The battle scenes, in particular are going to be spectacular to behold I hope that everyone enjoys.
“The Blyth Battery event has been made possible because of the big success of last year and this year is going to be bigger and better! All the re-enactors and living historians who come along with their weapons and displays do so voluntarily so please respect them and their possessions and be careful whilst going around.”
More details can be found on the Blyth Battery website, or below.