Weedon hosts war event

John Drake, Graham Bandy and Anne Foard
John Drake, Graham Bandy and Anne Foard

An open day with a wide range of World War I activities will be held in Weedon next week.

The Weedon Garrison Open Day runs from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, August 10.

It has been organised by the Weedon 1914-1919 group,

Visitors to the open day can try their hand at bandaging in a World War One Hospital, talk to the surgeon and nurse about their experiences and see the surgical equipment in use for the operating theatre.

Visitors can enlist in the King’s Army and earn the King’s Penny, which can be used on some of the stalls.

The Weedon History Society will have an exhibition and display of the history of the depot including its photograph albums. Visitors can also take a cup of tea and a slice of cake whilst being entertained by an Edwardian singer and enjoy Edwardian dance classes.

There is also a contingent of 44th Regiment of Foot, a Napoleonic Living History Group encamped alongside the canal, WW1 weaponry displays, saddlery of British, German and American origins and pack mules as used in both world wars.

Guests can also write a letter to the Unknown Soldier, all letters written will be 
published on the group’s website.

The Church of St Peter and St Paul will be open throughout the day where people can visit memorials to the soldiers from Weedon who served during the war.

The event will take place at Weedon Depot and vintage buses will run between the village hall and depot.

The cost is £5 per adult with children under 16 free.

Also performing at the event are Heydays Productions who will perform Keep Calm and Carry On and a 30-minute comedy sketch of war slogans and newsreels.

Singer Johnny Red will also perform and there will be amusements, a bouncy castle, inflatable slide, arts and crafts exhibition, stands, games, refreshments and more.

For further information about the event visit the 
pages for Weedon Garrison Open Day or Weedon 1914-1919 on Facebook for further details.