Flypasts announced for Battle of Britain Weekend
The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be commemorating the Battle of Britain with a weekend of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The main highlight will be a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster on Saturday 14th and a Spitfire flypast on Sunday 15th September (weather permitting).
Activities taking place over the weekend include real life working Merlin and Griffon engine demonstrations and a chance to see how a WW2 RAF Ops Room operated during the Battle of Britain. A land army re-enactment group will be digging for victory in the wartime garden on the Sunday and a range of 1940’s military vehicles will be on display over the weekend.
The Museum will also being showing deleted scenes from the 1969 epic film Battle of Britain throughout the weekend next to the Museum’s Hurricane and the World’s oldest Spitfire, on display in the Warplanes Hangar. The World’s last surviving Dornier Do 17, recently salvaged from the English Channel will also on display.
NEW this year will be two performances from Marjorie Cartwright-Jones; an unintentionally comic 'Make do and Mend' class, watch as she attempts to dispense advice and thrifty tips to all you hard-pressed wartime housewives! The second class, 'Marjorie Cartwright-Jones is All Front' is a funny, heart-warming look at domestic life on the Home Front during the Second World War, interspersed with Marjorie's delightful renditions of everyone's favourite 1940’s songs.
The Museum will be running its ‘Step Back In Time’ workshop where children and adults will learn about pounds, shilling and pence arithmetic and fill in a replica evacuee label and identity card whilst answering to a strict old fashioned teacher. But be ready for the air raid siren as it may go off at any time! Each participant will also get a gas mask box to take away and make at home. Other children’s activities including colouring in Spitfires and Union Jack flags, will take place on both days and visitors wanting some hearty food will be able to dine in true street party style in the Museum’s restaurant.
For more information about the Battle of Britain Weekend event please contact the Museum on 01902 376200 or visit www.rafmuseum.org.
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