Report from Dale Heaton
Most of us arrived on the Friday evening for this highlight of multiperiod living history and were treated to a spectacular fireworks display of an electrical storm as it gradually moved overhead.
Saturday started fine and sunny and we had an excellent spot which attracted much interest and intelligent questions from the public. It was nice to say hello to new member Chris Wharam who had made to effort to travel all the way from Brighton to be with us. Well done Chris and a good first effort with your kit.The day was punctuated by absolutely torrential rain showers.
The events of the day finished with our mock battle being a representation of the pincer movement between British U.S. troops catching the Germans at Falaise. It went well and was fortunately not too long bearing in mind the thick wool uniforms, all the kit we carried versus the 30 degree heat.
Immediately after we had to form up into a parade past the public and salute to all the units at the event. I noticed some units slipped away and did not take part in this. We did and it was a bit longwinded with lots of standing about in full kit under the hot sun. Lovely.
Next day was hot and sunny all day and was pretty much a repeat of Saturday. Again the public were there in droves and we were very well received. I got a chance to see the Romans in action and they were very good. I understand the WWII yanks in the wood were excellent also.
Our battle went better and concluded with a magnificent victory loop from a Spitfire right over our heads.
As we formed up for the final parade it was nice to see a sizeable group of chaps who were representing Sikh Sepoys of WWI. After another long stand around in the baking heat for the final salute to each other, it was time to PUFO.
Another great and successful weekend.
Photos taken by Martin and Debbie can be seen here.