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Hundreds enjoy Second World War re-enactment at Forces and Forties weekend
Hundreds of people turned back the clock at an annual three-day Forces and Forties Weekend event.
The highlight of activities during the Bank Holiday weekend was a spectacular Second World War re-enactment.
The battles were organised by the North West Military Collectors, who participate in re-enactments across the North West and who delivered a crowd-pulling spectacle.
Participants were dressed in military regalia, with a motorcycle and side car on display as well as a manned medical station.
Organiser Tony Todd said: “It was very good on Sunday when we had the battle and the pipe band. On Saturday it was not quite as good because it was overcast and that kept people away.” Other activities over the weekend included a performance from the Northenden Pipe Band, sports coaches from Bury Council teaching netball and football and tai chi and karate demonstrations as well as a car boot sale.
Mr Todd said plans are already in place to make next year’s weekend bigger and better.
He added: “We have got lots more plans for next year, we are going to have Forties dances on the park, a classic motor show, and I hope to have a cowboys and Indians show.”
Proceeds from the event will be donated to charity, including the Fusiliers Aid Society, which aims to provide support for former members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who have fallen on hard times.
There will be a forces and forties dance held at Radcliffe Civic Suite on September 14, where participants are invited to dress in civilian or military clothing of the period.
For more information about the dance: call organiser Tony Todd on 0161 761 5725 or 07761 737 405.
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