Events (2010) pt 2
Help for Heroes at Feltons
Norman Callaghan has supplied a report from this charity event and supplied the photos.
For Heroes Fund Raising Day, Feltons Army Surplus Store,
members answered the call for military vehicles to take part in a fund raising
event for Help For Heroes, held at the Feltons Army Surplus Store in
Salisbury and Barry Marshall brought along a very good weapons collection and
various other items which the public were very interested in.
16 Parachute Field Ambulance display was also present, which Kenny Morland had
Thankfully the weather was very good and the public enjoyed all that was on display, with considerable interest in our forthcoming meeting at the Hand and Dagger in August.
Wheels & WIngs - Elvington
Ian McCormack has provided this report and photos from the Yorkshire MVT's Wheels and Wings event held in Elvington, Yorkshire, naturally!
"Organised by Yorkshire MVT, Wings & Wheels was held at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Nr York over the weekend of 7 - 9 May 2010. Re-enactors, wargamers and over 200 military vehicles took part in the event which was attended by a large and enthusiastic crowd. The weather was cold but fine and a significant contingent of the South Cumbria and North Lancashire MVT made their way across in a range of vehicles to the far side of the Pennines for this annual event.
As well as the ground based displays, the Saturday crowd were treated to several superb flypasts by a Hurricane Mk IIc from the Battle of Britain memorial flight. At the end of the public element of the day, many vehicles went on a road run through the surrounding countryside to the disused RAF Melbourne, sister station of RAF Elvington and wartime home to the Halifax bombers of No. 10 Squadron. Leading the run was a Crossley WW1 RFC tender which put up a spirited performance and made it round (and back home to Lancashire next day) in one piece with only a moderate list of 'incidents'.
Brighter weather on the Sunday drew another healthy crowd who were kept entertained by the vehicles and displays (including the flying Fallschirmjaeger demonstrating how to leap out of a Junkers 52 - without parachutes!) as well as the extensive collection of aircraft belonging to the museum itself.
Thanks to Yorkshire MVT for the invitation to attend this excellent and well organised show which is a credit to the effort put in by the group. See you next year."
East Lancs Railway 40s weekend
The East Lancs Railway as usual came up with the goods. The trains were packed with re-enactors and the displays at Bury Station provided plenty of choice. I spent most of the time around Irwell Vale when not on a train where a small detachment of our group were based. Tony Lee co-ordinated the camping with the village committee and it worked very well. The Soap works car park was used for a motor homes and caravans while the tents were on the village green. Despite the rain most of Saturday the village committee still held the barbeque where they very generously gave us cans of beer...provided we bought a winegum for a pound. Others camped at The Burrs though I've not yet heard how that was this year. Any budding reporters want to give me a few lines on The Burrs? I'm also short of photos from this event as when I go camping I always forget something...this time it was my camera. Well done Neil Partington and the East Lancs Railway for this 3 day extravaganza. Now added some photos from Ian McCormack and Norman Callaghan showing the scenes in Irwell Vale, Rawtenstall where the battle took place on the platform, and the Lytham Spitfire raising money for the memorial.
Myerscough College Open Day
Although the event is a single day on the Sunday, our group were allowed to camp earlier so they were positioned ready for what the day brought. The display of vehicles was split with some being in a sheltered enclave of trees while others were with the MVT Shop run by Katie Nakpoberou, Steve Flitcroft and Simon Gregg. This was well positioned as Steve also had to man the Fire Brigade Display next to the MVT shop. Sunday was a little damp but that did not stop the crowds. The place was packed with plenty of interest in the vehicles and MVT umbrellas sold from the shop. John Ward doubled as Military vehicle ambassador and Home Guard re-enactor. There were some odd looks as the Home Guard paraded around. Note to self...don't take father next time or I might end up with a machine for cutting cows hooves. He talked to the lad demonstrating the machine so much, asking all sorts of technical questions, that the lad must have thought my dad was a farmer.
Ian Coates has provided this report on the Scorton Show.
"Just a note to say that Scorton was great success and enjoyed by all.
I am pleased to report that all our MVT entrants were there and put on a superb show so thank you all for supporting the event! Thanks also to those who couldn't make it but transferred their passes to others, much appreciated.
We provided a total of 18 vehicles along with 7 others and there wasn't really enough room allocated, probably because of the poor turn-out last year. Next year we'll be pushing for more room to make the show even better.
Attached are a few photos of the weekend."