Blyth Battery goes to war in 2013

Visitors to Blyth at the weekend were confronted with a town at war, as a special event took place.

Re-enactors descended on Blyth Battery on May 18 and 19, where there were vintage vehicles and displays exhibiting not only the military way of living, but how the public lived and made it through the war years of both World War 1 and 2.

Blyth Battery Goes To War.

Blyth Battery Goes To War.

Visitors braved the weather to watch re-creations of events of the time, as well as artillery, mortars and grenades, as well as machine guns, living history displays and military vehicles including an original 1944 American M24 ‘Chaffee’ light tank.

Musical entertainment was provided by singer Chloe Watson, and Colin Bourdaic and his tribute to George Formby.

Throughout the day people were treated to weapons demonstrations from soldiers, a battle between the British and Allied forces against the enemy for control of the beach, with a pyrotechnic display, and mine clearance with soldiers sweeping the beach for mines.

Volunteer Lindsay Durward said: “We are so pleased with how the weekend went.
“We are so grateful for the support of everyone who came down and braved the weather to visit, and to the re-enactors who provided the displays and entertainment.”

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