CAMP OPENS UP ITS DOORS

Liv­ing his­tory at Cul­ty­brag­gan

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Duke

Camp 21 at Cul­ty­brag­gan was fea­tured in the na­tional event Doors Open Days re­cently.

Visi­tors took a step back in time to ex­pe­ri­ence Com­rie’s unique for­mer World War Two PoW Camp.

Mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and mem­o­ra­bilia were on show with liv­ing his­tory groups adding to the 1940s at­mos­phere.

Com­rie Her­itage Group or­gan­ised the event with the as­sis­tance of Com­rie Devel­op­ment Trust and gen­er­ous vol­un­teers. Fiona David­son of the group said the week­end was a huge suc­cess with hun­dreds of peo­ple com­ing through the gates over both days.

She told the Her­ald: “Mem­bers of the Scot­tish Mil­i­tary Ve­hi­cle group and Kampf­gruppe Schot­t­land did us proud with mil­i­tary dis­plays, unsung he­roes and home front his­tory. Peter Scally’s pris­oner of war ex­hi­bi­tion is as­tound­ing and is also open on any of our guided tour days as well. The next tours will be this Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1, from 11am to 4pm. Thank you to ev­ery­one in­volved for mak­ing it such a great week­end.”

Mem­bers of the Scot­tish Mil­i­tary Ve­hi­cle Group en­joyed tak­ing part in the Shaky Vil­lage event. Suzanne Fer­nando of the group de­clared: “Ev­ery­one thor­oughly en­joyed and were hugely en­ter­tained by the liv­ing his­tory dis­plays and reen­act­ments in­clud­ing a PoW march in the camp.

“The guided tours around the camp with lo­cal vol­un­teer ex­perts were a huge hit, as well as the sam­pling of the de­li­cious del­i­ca­cies pro­vided by some of the ded­i­cated vol­un­teers too. It was a fan­tas­tic event that’s sure to re­turn again next year.”

Re-en­act­ment PoWs are marched through the camp

In­mate Mil­i­tary Po­lice catch up with a PoW

Ex­ten­sive A dis­play of WW2 mem­o­ra­bilia

Tea time van Com­rie’s Judy McDowall, Fiona David­son and Elaine David­son at the NAAFI

Vroom One of the vin­tage mil­i­tary mo­tor­bikes on dis­play

Cos­tume drama Get­ting into char­ac­ter at Camp 21

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