Remember the 1940s in a weekend celebration

Dad's Army will be at Explosion this weekend
Dad's Army will be at Explosion this weekend
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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THE SPIRIT of the 1940s is being celebrated this weekend at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport.

Museum staff and 100 re-enactors will be recreating the atmosphere of those momentous years in a weekend of living history for young and old. While grandparents can enjoy a nostalgic daytrip back in time, youngsters get a hands-on history lesson at the event in the former Royal Naval Ordnance Depot at Priddy’s Hard.

Highlights include American paratroops giving a demonstration of street-fighting techniques, ably assisted by ‘Dad’s Army’, the local Home Guard. Naval gunners will be firing Explosion’s 4.7-inch gun. And visitors will have to head for the shelters when the sirens sound for the air raid.

There will be a French cafe serving wine and a baguettes with entertainment from an Allo Allo-style comedy French resistance sketch. Even the Prime Minister of the time, Winston Churchill, will be making an appearance.

There is a display of military vehicles, demonstrations of 1940s life, a NAAFI tea wagon, drop-in family activities and wartime films. Organisers are also hoping for a fly-past by aircraft from the Royal Navy Historic flight on Saturday.

Admission: £5 concessions, £10 adults or £20 family of six.