Back to the ‘40s at War Weekend

Barbara Noble, the Sleaford Poppy Appeal organiser with her Poppy Man. Photo: 0417SB-28

Barbara Noble, the Sleaford Poppy Appeal organiser with her Poppy Man. Photo: 0417SB-28

RAUCEBY rolled back the years to the wartime era over the August Bank Holiday.

The annual Rauceby 1940’s Weekend, held over three days, was hailed another success by organiser William Elkington, and despite some miserable weather during the weekend it was generally dry for the event, which attracted people from all over the country.

He said: “We were really lucky with the weather. We could hear the storms going on around us but we mostly stayed dry, except for a bit of rain on Saturday night when we were in the marquee, so we were fine.”

There was a variety of attractions over the weekend, including vintage cars and military vehicles, living history displays and a flying display by a Spitfire.

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance dropped in for a visit on the Saturday and there was also a Remembrance Service on the Sunday with accompaniment by the Lincoln Cadet Drummers.

Younger visitors had the chance to enjoy an old fashioned funfair, drive motorised mini jeeps and take part in boot camp drills.

On the Saturday night a 1940’s swing dance was held in a specially erected marquee, with music provided by Katie Spitfire and ENSA entertainers and DJ Paul Harper, all backed by DJ Major Swing.

Mr Elkington added: “I stood on the gates as people were leaving and they were full of positive comments. We had a brilliant weekend and were very pleased with the whole event.”

* For more photos from the Rauceby 1940’s Weekend see this week’s Sleaford Standard.




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