16th October 2011

Wow what a weekend! Talk about busy. We have had thousands, literally, of visitors come to see our station under German control. It is our busiest weekend of the year and the hardest work, with long hours late into the evening, including working under floodlights.
Set up began on Thursday morning with all the signage changed, French posters put up, road signs erected, No Waiting cones laid out and night lighting set up. Oh, and we had to erect a flying bomb launch ramp! Friday came and so did the V1. It took quite a while to mate the two together but once they did, it didn’t half look good.
Both Tea Rooms – Weighbridge Teas and the Tea Hut were open selling their usual wares and the Café Allée du Bois served sit down meals and alcoholic drinks in our yard. All outlets exceeded last year’s takings but it is darned hard work for everyone. Yet again the bar ran out of beer and additional supplies had to be brought in.
During the weekend there were regular test firings of the V1 plus the Living History tented camp in the paddock, an ex GB Bedford truck commandeered by the German Army following the Brits retreat from Dunkirk, a BMW motorcycle and side car with gun emplacements around the station to protect against Resistance or Allied activity.
Our evening entertaining of the Troops went well, with 3 courses and liquid refreshments served to 80 re-enactors and 20 LSG volunteers – all prepared in our volunteer accommodation.
Sunday was mainly a repeat of Saturday’s activities but without the evening meal. Instead late afternoon and into the evening was spent cleaning up and putting props away for next year. After a great weekend everyone could go home completely shattered but happy. What can we do next year?

Watch this space!!

2 Responses to “16th October 2011”

  • les hearn:

    hi guys and gals
    many thanks again this year for leting me attend this excellent show
    as allways the wombles make us welcome…this show is indeed well worth the 500 mile round trip for me …
    you dont know me by name but know my face now ..im the one who brought the enigma for display and was caught up the tellegraph pole trying to get a signal for me phone …hehehheehe

    again many many thanks to you all for making out weekend so enjoyable…see ya next year

    • simon:

      Hi Les was great to see you and the Enigma machine again. We’ll look forward to seeing you next year if not before.

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