Photo gallery: Home Front comes to Gressenhall for war weekend

Scenes from Gressenhall Museum Village at War weekend - Rudy Gooding of the 1944 Airborne Assault in battle. Picture: Matthew Usher. Scenes from Gressenhall Museum Village at War weekend - Rudy Gooding of the 1944 Airborne Assault in battle. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Monday, August 25, 2014
6:29 PM

The home front spirit was brought to Norfolk this weekend for a museum’s war theme weekend.

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Vintage cars, 1940s music and a fly-past by a Dakota transport plane set the scene for Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse’s Village at War event.

Visitors could stroll through the camps and meet costumed characters from both British and American forces.

This year also saw the site’s farm area taken over by a camp from the First World War with the Royal Norfolks Living History Group setting up base their.

Come rain or shine they could be seen drilling and patrolling the area and even had a recruiter to try and encourage visitors to sign up for their country.

Events organiser Hannah Jackson said: “The event has gone brilliantly we have had a really good turn out. We had more than 1,800 on Saturday and even the weather hasn’t put people off today.

“It is all about Norfolk on the home front in both world wars.

“This year with the centenary we thought it was right to do something for the First World War as well.

“It is a way of remembering the war and a sign of respect.

“It is a hugely popular event and it has been very well received.”

A local scout troop were camping 1940s style while some girl guides were wearing uniforms from the First World War as they made their camp next to the Royal Norfolks.

There was music from 1940s singing group Timescape and also the chance to learn some of the era’s dance moves with the Norwich Swing Cats.

Other highlights included a deserted barn occupied by American Airborne Infantry who were planning their next move in enemy territory.

There was also the chance to find out more about what the women of the village were doing to keep their spirits up and a look at what horses and horsemen went through in wartime.

Matthew Champion, 46, from Great Ryburgh, attended the day with his family.

He said: “It is always good to visit Gressenhall there are always exciting things happening.

“We come every year and it is good to see a lot of the same faces.

“It is great to see all the vehicles and kit because it is all in such good condition.”

Children had the opportunity to create their own Land Army or Home Front uniforms and there were also some special 1940s lessons for those who had got fed up of the summer holidays.

Are you doing anything to commemorate the First World War? Contact Doug Faulkner at doug.faulkner@archant.co.uk

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