Is it War?

Convoys of Military Equipment passing through Kent

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Does this Mean War?

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Convoys of military vehicles rolling through Sellindge – is it War? No – it’s the War & Peace Revival 2016.
The 2016 War & Peace Revival will be over before we go to press but we include pictures from the first day of the event in this issue of Cinque Ports.

Battle Re enactment
A fuller report will appear in the September issue of all our magazines and we shall be putting together many War & Peace stories and articles, featuring the personalities of this year’s show.

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The build up to this year’s War and Peace Revival is well and truly underway.  Vehicles continue to pour in to Folkestone racecourse and the showground is bristling with groups and exhibitors setting out their displays.  The range of military vehicles already here, including heavy armour is astounding and the Living History groups are digging in around the arena.  In the center of the arena part of a ‘ruined village’ is the backdrop for the battles which take place each day of the show. KEEP UP TOP SPEED ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS

Away from the ‘front lines’ the stalls too have rapidly sprung up with lots of exciting military items and memorabilia  being brought out ready to sell.  The ‘Home Front’ and ‘Vintage Farm’ area looks amazing and promises to be a big attraction for show visitors.  WW2 fighter aircraft are being assembled, with re-enactors completing the scene of the RAF waiting for the order to ‘Scramble’.  The ‘Airfix Model Hall’ will have hundreds of scale models of aircraft, vehicles, figures and dioramas on display with professionals on hand to give you tips and advice on building your models.

A hundred years ago the ‘Great War’ was being fought and this is marked by the remarkable WW1 exhibition.  Visitors will be able to walk through the trenched entrance and see the hundreds of WW1 exhibits on display from uniforms and equipment to personal effects.  WW1 soldiers will present their personal stories of the Somme and explain how the battle was fought.

An important element of the show has always been the Veterans Day, where we remember and show our gratitude for all those who have served their country and given so much. On Saturday 23rd July 2016, we will be holding a short parade followed by a service given by a Military Chaplin.

Please credit this image to Elizabeth Norris
The Britain at War Victory Marquee and surrounding area will feature a fun filled day and night programme of activities, music and dancing for all ages.  The live entertainment includes the superb ‘Jive Aces’, the magnificent ‘Sticky Wickets’, the wonderful ‘Swingtime Sweethearts’, the Bavarian style Oompah band ‘The Bettesteiner Footstompers’ and the sensational Elvis tribute ‘Scott Elvis.  The popular ‘Gingers Bar’ has a great line-up of live performances every night of the show with bands such as the ‘Rockabilly Rejects’, ‘The New Notes’, ‘Blast Off’, ‘Hyperactive’ and the ‘Heroes’.  We are lucky to have a fantastic line-up of authors with us this year, and visitors will be able to meet with them and have books personally signed in the ‘Writers Pavilion’.  Keep a look out also for some of the cast from ‘’Ello Ello’’ who are always popular with show visitors and Jason Salkey who played Rifleman Harris in the popular TV series ‘Sharpe’.

Many additional new features have been added to the show to ensure visitors have the best possible experience including a ‘land train’ service to carry visitors around the showground.  The glossy 2016 show guide magazine will be given to all visitors free of charge on admission.  A free downloadable app has been developed which once downloaded on to a smart phone, will guide visitors around the showground giving visitors the latest information on what they can see.

The War and Peace Revival is a spectacular event offering excitement and fun for the whole family.  We look forward to you joining us at this year’s show (accompanied visitors under 16 years of age go free!).    Tune into Radio War and Peace 87.9 FM for information and a superb mix of music from the 40’s to the 70’s.


“Cinque Ports” Bulletin Monday 18 July 2016