Civic Hall and Town, 20th -22nd September.
We had a fantastic response to our wartime exhibitions and we’re very grateful to the community for coming forward with information, wartime memories and family mementos. The exhibition for the second Wartime Weekend is bigger and better then before with fantastic inputs from Charlotte Peters Rock and her research on Byley Airfield. Exhibits are not just from our community but also from Middlewich Royal British Legion, Congleton Museum, and Chester Military Museum. We have also peered into previous wartime Middlewich with a look at the Civil War, courtesy of Allan Earl, with information and image of the Boer War and of course the Great War. Many thanks go out to all the contributors for the weekend, it has been made all the more special because of your efforts.
The information panels were well read over the weekend, people really spent time looking round and it was great that the boards were so different to Charlotte’s work, provided a good contrast.
The Olympic display from Jackie Bagnall was a star for many, being able to see the 1936 Berlin Games was fascinating in the current climate, a big plus for schools as well.
short home-made film, and two more documentary films of the agricultural show in 1937 and the celebrations of King George VI Coronation. Brilliant to watch! Unfortunately this was not as popular this time but did provide something different.
Entertainment runs throughout this free for all family events, from Market Field to the Church, Bull Ring and Town Centre. – Entertainment at the Civic, Market field and church were well received, brilliant response to the street entertainment as well. The only small problem was the bullring on Sunday, as we didn’t have anything to really draw people in there, so the dance group were struggling to get a crowd. They ended up performing at Market Field, which was a good solution.
We had a fabulous programme of entertainment via re-enactment groups WW2 Association and UK Homefront; Military Vehicles, the Lytham St. Anne’s Spitfire Static display and a flight Simulator. Back by popular demand is Blitz and Peaces who got everyone singing in the streets last time out and talented vocalist Fiona Harrison; they’ll be joined this year by Katie Spitfire and an array of Brass Bands playing at the Bull Ring and at Market Field.
The eagerly awaited Spitfire Flypast happens on Saturday 22nd in the afternoon around 3pm; this really did keep to time and everyone really enjoyed it so well worth the money and brought lots of discussion between everyone.
Our town centre joined in the celebrations on Saturday, with six taking part in our ‘Shop Front’ Competition. Over the Wartime Weekend various traders in Middlewich took part in the Best Dressed Window Competition, the votes have been counted and the winners are Age Concern in Wheelock Street. The voters comments included; ‘they captured the theme very well’ ‘eye-catching’ and ‘just brilliant!’ Well done to them! In second place is the Accord Clinic in High Town and third Number 28 also of High Town. The window displays were excellent, lots of hard work and imagination and also thank you to those who got into the spirit of the event and put up posters, flags and got dressed up. Our visitors were very impressed with our town so let’s hope they’ll come back to see us.
In the evenings the fun continued with a full out performance by the brilliant Fiona Harrison on Friday 21st, well worth coming along to with dancing and sing-a-longs to get our weekend well underway. Our dance night is Saturday night with the Wychcraft Big Band; tickets for this event were sold out. Both concerts are held at Middlewich Royal British Legion with thanks to Dave and Sally for managing the door and doing the announcements.
Due to Dave Thompson’s accident in the last set up week, some preparations were put on hold or covered by members of staff and the Town Council. Over the weekend everything did seem to go well and it was great to see people coming forward to help, it really did feel like a team effort this time. The public, I and volunteers all loved it and we got some great feedback from people expressing how much they had enjoyed the whole event and recognising how much effort we all put into it.
Overall the volunteers were exceptional and this kind of event cannot exist without them.