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.