Be transported back to the 1940s as the Baston Blitz returns bigger and better than ever this weekend.
Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm, the Brudenell Playing Fields will be awash with WW2 living history displays, vintage traders, six of the UK’s top 40s’ performers, including Paul Casper as George Formby.
Without a doubt the star of this year’s show will be the Spitfire owned by Terry Arlow. Visitors to the event will be able to have their photograph taken seated in the cockpit wearing an authentic flying jacket and helmet. The Spitfire comes complete with its own ground crew and authentic support equipment.
One enormously popular feature of last year’s event making a welcome return is the Morse Code activity for youngsters kindly organised by members of the Duxford Radio Society where participants are taught the basics of Morse Code and receive a certificate for transmitting their own name in Morse.
The Lakeside Model Group will be inviting the public to try their hand at model aircraft flying on their large-screen flight simulator as well as displaying a range of their members’ scale flying models. The ever-popular Sniper Alley shooting range run by ex-RM Commandos will also be making a return this year. For the young at heart there will be a number of vintage amusements and rides plus a traditional Punch and Judy show.
Other stalls around the event site will be operated by the Baston Environment Group, Baston W.I., the RAF Association, the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and the Blenheim Society.
The event will be opened on both days by the well-known Winston Churchill impersonator, Peter Austwick, and on the Sunday morning there will be a short commemorative service conducted by the Reverend Canon Mostyn Davies attended by a contingent from the Deeping & Langtoft branch of the Royal British Legion plus military re-enactors.
Entry prices for the event will be £5 per adult and £3 Seniors’ concession. Children under 16 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge.
A weekend ticket for adults allowing entry on both days will be £7 and £5 for Seniors. Parking is free.