Northumberland village to go back to wartime for a day

The village of Cresswell is getting ready to go to war – but only for a day and in the friendliest possible way.
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As part of this year’s national Heritage Open Days programme, volunteers will be inviting people of all ages to take part in a recreation of what life might have been like for people living in the area during the Second World War.

On Sunday, September 17, join Cresswell’s very own ‘Home Guard’ volunteers as they recall wartime stories of ordinary people coming to terms with rationing, defending their homes against the threat of an invasion, Land Girls doing the jobs of their menfolk who were away at war and generally coping with life during the war years.

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On the day there will be a Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) canteen with cups of tea and other refreshments served by the local Women’s Institute members. Ration cards will be distributed to demonstrate the shortage of food and supplies.

Two of the Cresswell at War day volunteers.Two of the Cresswell at War day volunteers.
Two of the Cresswell at War day volunteers.

Visitors will be shown how to be Air Raid Wardens looking out for unexploded ‘bombs’ or trying to track down enemy paratroopers.

Also on the day, Cresswell will remember its very own wartime hero Captain Joe Baker-Cresswell – who played a vital role in what King George VI would describe as one of the most important single acts of bravery during the Second World War at sea.

The Cresswell at War day will run from 10am to 4pm at the recently restored 14th Century Pele Tower in the centre of the village and will be free to attend.

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