For much of the 20th century and now into the 21st century Britain, supported by her allies, has seen her young men and women serve in countless places around the globe and often make the supreme sacrifice. They have waded ashore at Normandy, toiled under the desert sun in Libya, searched out terrorists in the Malayan jungles, been cold and wet in the South Atlantic, patrolled the streets of Belfast, and now they are still making us proud as they go about their business in Afghanistan.
The War and Peace Revival is paying its own tribute to these heroes by telling their stories so that present and future generations will learn of their courage and understand the sacrifices they made.
For many years we have proudly welcomed all World War Two veterans to the show free of charge as our guests. In 2012 we marked the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict by additionally inviting South Atlantic Veterans to join us and held a short commemoration service. In 2013 we marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and the 50th anniversary of the end of National Service.
In 2014 we commemorated some significant events of the Second World War, marking the 75th anniversary of the start of WW2 and also the 70th anniversaries of both D-Day and Arnhem.
For 2015 in recognition of these historic events all Veterans* who served in World War Two, including those who served in support organisations such as the Merchant Navy, Fire Brigade, Red Cross, Land Army, WRVS. Also, in honour of the 200th anniversary of the Gurkha’s service to the British Crown this invitation was extended to Gurkha veterans.
Join us at the ‘Veterans Rendezvous’ inside the Victory Marquee (V Marquee), close to the heart of the show where you will be made welcome and will be able to:
- Meet up with old comrades, enjoy a drink and exchange reminiscences.
- Take a trip down Memory Lane with the vehicles and equipment you once used.
- Meet re-enactors and living history groups who keep the memories of what you did alive.
- Enjoy music, fashion and entertainment from the 1930’s, 1940’s 1950’s and 1960’s.
Veterans’ Parade and Drumhead Service. This will take place on Saturday 23rd July 2016 at Midday.
- Parade form-up is outside the Spitfire Tea Rooms behind the Main Grandstand.
- The service takes place on the tarmac forecourt in front of the Main Grandstand.
- Standards attending should call Bill Fowler 01634-570085 to register their attendance.
NB Westenhanger mainline rail station is next to the showground!
If you would like to join us on any day of the show you will need to complete an entry form which is available below or apply by post or phone to: Bill Fowler, The War and Peace Revival Office, Sandpits Farm, Poole Road, Lytchett Matravers, Poole ,Dorset, BH16 6AG or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 July 2016 at the latest. Veterans of any conflict other than WW2 or Gurkhas are also invited to attend at a specially discounted rate available only on the gate and provided they are wearing their MOD issued Veterans’ Badge. Current serving armed forces personnel can also benefit from this discounted rate on production of military ID. The cost of this is just £10 that is a 50% discount on the gate.