Life on the ‘Holme Front’ - travel back to the 1940s

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Event -

Cel­e­brat­ing its ninth year, ‘Life on the Holme Front’ is a hugely pop­u­lar his­tor­i­cal event for all the fam­ily, tak­ing place within Holme vil­lage and at Holme­wood Hall.

This week­end (Saturday and Sun­day), the vil­lage and hall will once again be trans­ported back in time to the World War Two era, cel­e­brat­ing and com­mem­o­rat­ing the im­por­tant and vi­tal role they both played dur­ing the war years.

With an av­er­age of 15,000 visi­tors at­tend­ing each year, the at­mos­phere in Holme vil­lage comes to life with the ar­rival of the ever pop­u­lar World War Two mil­i­tary re-en­ac­tors with their liv­ing his­tory dis­plays - set­ting up camp in the streets, fields and woods around the vil­lage.

There will be a full pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a war time dance, a ‘hair raid’ shel­ter - where you can try out a hair­style from the era, ex­hi­bi­tions, tea­room, 1940s’ in­spired singers, vin­tage ve­hi­cle dis­plays and a memo­rial pa­rade on the Sun­day morn­ing.

Mean­while, the kids can have fun play­ing with re­mote con­trolled tanks, get­ting their faces painted, tak­ing a ride on a minia­ture train or find­ing out what a 1940s’ work­ing farm­yard was like.

In ad­di­tion, there will be a va­ri­ety of stalls of­fer­ing vin­tage cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories and house­hold goods for sale, as well as lo­cal his­tory groups and col­lec­tors ex­hibit­ing fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tions of World War Two mem­o­ra­bilia.

Re­fresh­ments avail­able dur­ing the week­end in­clude a clas­sic dish of Spam frit­ters served up in the Air Cadets NAFFI and a vin­tage tea­room in Holme­wood Hall, serv­ing a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of bev­er­ages and cakes, as well as sand­wiches and hot sausage rolls.

The event will also take a closer look at Holme­wood Hall’s sig­nif­i­cant his­tory as a top se­cret lo­ca­tion for the US Of­fice of Strate­gic Ser­vices - a fore­run­ner to the mod­ern day Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA) - where joint mis­sions were planned with the Bri­tish and Nor­we­gian mil­i­taries.

With the live reen­act­ment bat­tle tak­ing place on both days in the fields around Holme­wood Hall and the vil­lage there is plenty of ac­tion.

This year there will be ad­di­tional park­ing for dis­abled visi­tors, with bug­gies kindly do­nated by Brad­shaws to shut­tle those who may re­quire as­sis­tance to reach var­i­ous ar­eas of the event.

There re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy at ‘Life on the Holme Front’, so why not pop along and join in the fun.

Tickets for the 1940s Dance tak­ing place this Saturday have nearly sold out - call Chris to­day on 07887 817031 to book yours now and avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

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