A dis­play of mil­i­tary might at lo­cal Inn

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HEATONS Bridge Mil­i­tary Ve­hi­cle Group is hold­ing an open week­end with mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and dis­plays at the Heatons Bridge Inn, Burscough, on Satur­day April 1 and Sun­day April 2.

These events have now be­come half yearly gath­er­ings at the Inn, cour­tesy of pro­pri­etors Steve and Jac­qui Win­row, and this is the first event for 2017 (a ‘crank-up’).

The Heatons Bridge Inn has a great range of real ales and food all given names to re­flect the mil­i­tary theme.

A spokesman said: “The ve­hi­cles which at­tend in­clude Willys, Ford, Hotchkiss and Austin Champ Jeeps, Lan­drovers, ‘Whistling Rio’ and Bed­ford RL 4 ton trucks, a Sara­cen ar­moured per­son­nel car­rier, mil­i­tary mo­tor­bikes and mil­i­tary staff cars.

“Kevin Reilly will be bring­ing some of his range of ‘big guns’ which in­cludes a mighty How­itzer, an Ab­bot self pro­pelled gun, and the Mighty An­tar tank trans­porter.

“We never know ex­actly what he will bring along so there’s al­ways a sur­prise wait­ing!

“Mem­bers’ dis­plays in­clude a range of mil­i­taria in­clud­ing var­i­ous firearms, bay­o­nets and other weapons, uni­forms, ra­dio equip­ment and field equip­ment.

“A reg­u­lar part of the dis­play is also a 25 pounder field gun rig be­long­ing to Frank and An­gela Brown, our sec­re­tary, com­pris­ing a Mor­ris Quad trac­tor unit, which tows an am­mu­ni­tion lim­ber be­hind, and the field gun it­self be­hind that!”

The spokesman added: “Frank and An­gela pro­vide demon­stra­tions of the team op­er­a­tion of the field gun and have been known to take the en­tire three part rig across the off-road hill course at Burscough air­field. Quite some­thing!

“The rig is fea­tured on this year’s event ‘flyer’ for the crank-up.

“The Inn it­self is lo­cated on the canal at Heatons Bridge and the grounds still re­tain the World War Two free­stand­ing brick pill­box which formed part of the Home Guard de­fence pro­vi­sions.

“We hope to set up a small Home Guard dis­play inside the pill­box again to give some feel for how a guard might have had to hole up there.

“Why not come along and share the at­mos­phere of a mil­i­tary dis­play for free with the en­thu­si­asts who would be pleased to an­swer any ques­tions you may have.

“The public are very wel­come, ad­mis­sion is free and there will be a range of mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles on show of all eras from World War Two on­wards.

“Any­one with a mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle of their own would be more than wel­come to join us and camp here over the week­end.”

For more de­tails phone Paul Con­nolly on 01704 545786 or email: pcon­nolly09@ bt­in­ter­net.com) or phone group sec­re­tary An­gela Brown on 01942 514738 or email: pe­ga­sus-drive@sky.com

Young vis­i­tor Jodie got stuck in to some mil­i­tary train­ing at the 2016 show

There’s time for a rest and a chat af­ter you’ve had a wan­der around the ex­hibits

Heatons Bridge Inn in Scaris­brick hosts clas­sic wartime ve­hi­cles of all types

Neil, Mike, Frank, An­gela and Simon came dressed for the oc­ca­sion

Iain Duff, Con­nor Duff and Kieran Con­nolly at last year’s event

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