Saturday "During the War!"

19 Sep
The plan for Saturday was to go and see the Middlewich World War 2 event so we had breakfast and walked into town to be greeted by lots of the shops decorated like the period and loads of people in period dress ranging from soldiers in uniform to shop keepers dressed like the time the weirdest feeling was that seeing all this and especially people milling around the main street in ordinary clothes from the time it felt like we’d had gone back in time.
A stroll up to market field took us first past the fire station which had engines from days gone by that we could go and look around as well as the modern day appliance ready for action. The Civic Hall contained a plethora of information about Middlewich during the war and it was so interesting to read about the time and a fact I wasn’t aware of that 3 bombs actually landed on Middlewich thought to be aimed at Byley aerodrome a couple of miles north. The pictures of Middlewich I always enjoy looking at trying to place the town now in the old wartime photos and seeing how much it has changed!
…more Yanks in Middlewich?
Onto the field and there was an encampment frequented by British infantry, American soldiers Czech soldiers even some French Resistance fighters…oh yeh and some bloody Germans too. We wandered about until they began there demonstration of military weaponry which I have to say must have been bloody frightening to here every day for years and makes you realise how brave our soldiers were to fight for their country
A funny incident that made us smile was a conversation between a couple of the visitors to the show one was an old gentleman and the other a lot younger who said “there’s a lot of Germans here!” and the older gents reply went something like “don’t talk to me about them bastards!” 65 years on and still feelings run high in people who had to fight for our freedom, it seems.
Into the community Centre where there was a display of everyday items from the time like ration books gas masks shrapnel soaps like carbolic and fairy there were dolls and toys and all manner of things some of which I actually remember still being around when I was a boy hard to believe I know because as you can see I am so young and youthful looking lol!
Back out onto the field there was a fly past by a RAF Dakota plane used in the war to end the day, a day I think Middlewich and the organisers should have been very proud of! Both Jamie and me thought it was excellent.

I was actually taking a photo of the tent , I didn’t see this tank!

Date night was good later too we had cheese and spinach stuffed chicken with 4 veg washed down with a couple of margarita’s and lazed in front of the telly until we nodded off at around half ten? Oh how times have changed when we are slothing off to bed before 11 on a Saturday night hahaha 

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