Weedon Depot open event draws in the crowds

Weedon Depot open day
Weedon Depot open day

All manner of vehicles, from motorbikes to tanks filled Weedon Depot on Sunday for an open day.

As well as classic cars and commercial vehicles, there were historical re-enactors illustrating the different periods of the depot’s history with the military.

Weedon Depot open day

Weedon Depot open day

Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the displays, have a look inside the depot, and take advantage of the good weather.

There was live music, live performances, and a tea dance.

There were also children’s rides, stalls and more.

Transporting the visiting crowds to and from the depot were a small fleet of classic buses, which proved a sight as they made their way through the village’s narrow roads.

Weedon Depot open day

Weedon Depot open day

The depot was built as a military store during the Napoleonic Wars and had direct access to the canal and railway networks.

Re-enactors there at the open event included the 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot, representing the Napoleonic era.

There was a First World War field hospital, people representing the Home Guard, Women’s Royal Volunteer Service and other services from the Second World War, and there were tanks, jeeps and other vehicles as well representing the more recent military past.

Cars on display ranged from classic Austin 7s through to modern Porches and Mustangs. There were classic commercial vehicles on display, including coaches, trucks, vans, and a petrol tanker, as well as fire pumps and engines right up to Daventry Fire Station’s modern appliance.

Weedon Depot open day

Weedon Depot open day