Wartime in the Vale event is best ever

Wartime in the Vale event is best ever

Eric Stewart,Ian Baldry H4H County Coordinator and Dave Harris.

Photos of Wartime in the Vale event taken by Jeff Shute.

Photos of Wartime in the Vale event taken by Jeff Shute.

Photos of Wartime in the Vale event taken by Jeff Shute.

Photos of Wartime in the Vale event taken by Jeff Shute.

Photos of Wartime in the Vale event taken by Jeff Shute.

Photos of Wartime in the Vale event taken by Jeff Shute.

First published in News

TANKS, motorcycles, planes, cars and trucks from days gone by could be seen re-enacting wartime battles as hundreds of vehicles descended on Badsey for the annual Wartime in the Vale event.

Now one of the largest military vehicle and re-enactment events, this year was no exception as more people than ever visited Ashdown Farm in Badsey to take part or just enjoy the sights and sounds.

The family show featured a mix of military and civilian displays and events at the Second World War camp.

There were also fly bys across the weekend of June 21 and 22 with Spitfire's and Hurricane's swooping through the skies both days.

Paul Valiadis, event organiser, said they were delighted to not only feature 1940s wartime displays this year but also include some First World War vehicles.

"It was the best we have ever had," he said. "We had the highest number of vehicle entries, including some from the First World War.

"There was a 1916 Albion, which was troop carrier. We had a 1916 road motorcycle, and a model T Ford ambulance.

"We even had a water buffalo, which has taken 18 months to arrive from the US, it arrived two weeks ago and we managed to get that at the show. The back of the vehicle drops down and you drive a vehicle out with about 30 troops on it."

To mark the centenary of the First World War a gun salute was arranged.

"At noon we had a commemoration of the beginning of World War One with guns," added Mr Valiadis. "It was a cracking show and of course the sun came out and everyone enjoyed it all.

"I would like to thank Bob James, the landowner, and his wife Shirley who sadly passed away on June 20. She produced a really interesting war time civilian display, thanks to them."

Volunteers from Help for Heroes Worcestershire also attended the show and raised more than £1,000 for the charity through donations from the public and merchandise sales.

Ian Baldry, county coordinator thanked everyone for their support.

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