We’ve got our sights set on a great week­end

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

THE ever pop­u­lar Heatons Bridge Mil­i­tary Week­end is re­turn­ing this week.

Heatons Bridge Mil­i­tary Ve­hi­cle Group will be hold­ing its end-of-year open week­end with mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and dis­plays at the Heatons Bridge Inn, Burscough, on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1.

Event co-or­gan­iser Paul Con­nolly said: “As usual, the public are wel­come to come, there are no ad­mis­sion or other charges in­volved, and there will be a range of mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles on show of all eras.

“Also, as usual, any­one with a mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle of their own would be more than wel­come to join us and camp over the week­end.

“We nor­mally set up on the Fri­day and the event runs through to lunchtime on the Sun­day.

“Mil­i­tary gath­er­ings at Heatons Bridge Inn have now be­come es­tab­lished as reg­u­lar events which take place twice a year, cour­tesy of pro­pri­etors Steve and Jac­qui Win­row.

“The group com­prises a num­ber of like-minded en­thu­si­asts with in­ter­ests in pre­serv­ing and ren­o­vat­ing mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and equip­ment of dif­fer­ent ages and takes the op­por­tu­nity to dis­play these at var­i­ous shows and events across the re­gion in­clud­ing the hal­fyearly gath­er­ings at Heatons Bridge.

“The Heatons Bridge Inn has a great range of real ales and food all given names to re­flect the mil­i­tary theme. The ve­hi­cles in­clude all eras, such as WWII Willys, Ford, Hotch- kiss and Austin Champ Jeeps, post WWII Land Rovers in var­i­ous con­fig­u­ra­tions, ‘Whistling Rio’ and Bed­ford RL four ton trucks, ar­moured per­son­nel car­ri­ers in­clud­ing a Sara­cen which has served in North­ern Ireland and Korea, mil­i­tary mo­tor­bikes, and mil­i­tary staff cars.

“The group’s me­chan­i­cal mae­stro, Johnny New­bould, has also fin­ished the re­build of a pe­riod Mor­ris sa­loon car (soft top) for his wife, Susie, so that may also put another ap­pear­ance.

“We are hop­ing that Kevin Reilly will be bring­ing some of his ex­ten­sive per­sonal col­lec­tion of mil­i­tary ex­hibits, which in­cludes a mighty How­itzer field gun and as­so­ci­ated crew-bus, an Ab­bot self pro­pelled gun and its Mighty An­tar tank trans­porter, a cou­ple of Diamond Ts, a Swiss Sau­rer four-ton truck and a range of other trucks and smaller ve­hi­cles.”

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

Paul added: “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.

“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.”

“The pub is be­side the canal at Heatons Bridge and Steve and Jac­qui Win­row have re­tained the WWII brick pill­box which formed part of the Home Guard de­fence pro­vi­sions on the grounds.

Paul said: “It is planned to set up a small Home Guard dis­play in­side the pill­box again to give some feel for what it might have been like for a sol­dier to have had to ‘hole up’ there.”

Any­one want­ing to show their mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle should con­tact Paul Con­nolly on 01704 545786, email pcon­nolly09@bt­in­ter­net.com, or An­gela Brown, group sec­re­tary, on 01942 514738, email pe­ga­sus­drive@sky.com, for de­tails.

Some of the heavy ve­hi­cles on show at the Heatons Bridge Inn

Young Jodie shows that there was some­thing for all ages at the event

Event or­gan­iser Paul Con­nolly takes aim from the bunker at last year’s Heatons Bridge Mil­i­tary Ve­hi­cles Week­end and, be­low, chat­ting by a US Army Jeep Pic­tures: GRA­HAM MORETON of Tar­leton Pho­tog­ra­phy

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