Last of the war weekends in Rauceby

Gerard Baver, of Wellingore, pictured at the war weekend with his 1942 Speed Graphic camera. Photo: David Dawson
Gerard Baver, of Wellingore, pictured at the war weekend with his 1942 Speed Graphic camera. Photo: David Dawson

The plug has been pulled on the popular Rauceby War Weekend because it grew too big and became a victim of its own success.

Organiser William Elkington is sad to see the show go.

But he is bowing out on a high because the event has raised at least £53,000 for its three main charities over the last seven years, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and The Royal British Legion.

Although many volunteers supported the show, organising it was a year-round job for Mr Elkington and he says that – coupled with red tape with increasing legislation and risk management – meant it was time to let it go.

He said: “I am very upset that I have called a halt to it. All of the paperwork was getting ridiculous. With that, and all of the hard work, I just couldn’t do it any more. It was just getting bigger every year. I want to thank all of the supporters of Rauceby War Weekend who have made it happen.”