Dig For Victory / Lacock at War 2013
|Re-enactor cycling through Lacock|
|Display street at Dig for Victory 2013|
The first, longer-established event was Dig For Victory, run by a group of enthusiasts called the Blitz Buddies. When I went to Dig For Victory a few years ago, it was small but sweet: there was a lovely amount of Home Front stuff, a limited but nice selection of military vehicles, and some re-enactors.
This year there was still a good Home Front display. You can see a couple of shots here; it was laid out in the form of a street, complete with masking tape on the windows to prevent flying glass in a bomb attack, and inside each shop window was a display of 1940s artefacts. Outside was a model Victory Garden. There were also a few stalls, including one excellent clothing stall in the shape of Cock-a-doodle Vintage. (I first saw them at the Vintage Nostalgia Show, and their stock is fantastic - not cheap, but really, really covetable, so if you're at Twinwood this weekend, look out for them.)
|The 'dressmakers' display|
The main problem with DFV, though, was the crowds: it’s a free event, held at a garden centre, and it was absolutely heaving. A shame, really, because it’s an event run with genuine enthusiasm, but Mr Robot and I didn’t feel like sitting down and watching the dancing or having a cup of tea because things were simply too hectic. Also, because so few visitors had bothered to dress for the event, it diluted things rather, so instead of feeling like a fun occasion people could come along to and be part of, it felt like a vintage zoo, where anyone in 40s clobber was simply there to be stared at. We made a quick dash to the other event.
|US Navy Staff Car at Lacock at War 2013|
It cost £3 each to get into the main show area at Lacock at War - for some reason I’d thought it was going to be free to enter, possibly because it was in a field in Lacock town. The large field had the capacity to handle a large crowd, and plastic walkways had been put down so it wasn't too muddy and mobility devices could trundle round easily. For seeing historic military vehicles it was absolutely excellent. There were some re-enactment groups there too. (Mr Robot and I were invited to join one of the re-enactment groups because of our outfits! We were both in woollies knitted from Susan Crawford patterns.)
The entertainment in the main marquee was very good; DJ Desert Fox was playing vintage records between sessions from singer Madeline Brown and burlesque artist Dulcie Demure. I was really impressed with Madeline Brown's voice. She has the strength and range for swing. There didn't seem to be any CDs on sale at the show (perhaps they were further inside the marquee - it was pretty crowded so we couldn't get very far in) but I may well order one from her website at some point. I did feel like there were more visitors with a genuine interest in the things on show at this event, rather than just ones who’d come along to gawp at something different.
|Beautiful Douglas C-47 Dakota|
All photos copyright PP Gettins.
|Me, with failed hair set|
|Mr Robot, with successful beer|