Town goes to war for annual event

Blyth Battery goes to war.
Blyth Battery goes to war.

Re-enactors and exhibitors from across the north of England will converge this weekend for the annual ‘Blyth Battery Goes to War’.

The event, on Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, is a celebration of the war years and 1940s, and will be the fifth annual event.

There will be lots to see and do for all of the family, with exhibitions of memorabilia, military vehicles including jeeps and motorbikes, interactive displays, as well as entertainment.

Exhibitions will feature British, America and German camps, a working field kitchen, a Home Guard display and a Home Front Display.

There will also be weapon demonstrations.

Live music will be provided all weekend by George Formby impersonator Colin Bourdiec, and Megan Allan playing the Northumbrian pipes.

Jazz guitarist Anth Purdy will be playing live on Saturday and on Sunday the Blyth Town Theatre Company choir will be closing the weekend with a performance of ‘Songs That Won the War’.

There will be a battle taking place on the beach at 12.15pm on both days, with the Germans battling the Allies.

To find out more, call 07881 462284, email or go to

In support of the re-enactment event, Alphabet Soup coffee shop in the town’s Bowes Street has been transformed into a 1940s style tea room for the week.

Customers are able to order from a special 1940’s style menu with all the wartime favourites including rabbit pie and spam sandwiches, as well as the normal menu being available.

Staff are also dressed in styles from the period.