New home proves success for Ramsey 1940s Weekend

ON THE NEW HOME FRONT: This year’s 1940s weekend at Ramsey – the first at its new home on a former army camp - has been described as its best ever.

Crowds flocked to the two-day event, which included living history displays, aerial shows, vintage vehicles and two 1940s-style dances.

In the air above Ramsey a pair of bi-planes gave a thrilling aerobatic display, while the Battle of Britain Flight display included a Spitfire and Messerschmitt.

The Friday night bangers and mash Blitz night dance and the Saturday night big band dance were both sell-outs, with many of the dancers in authentic costumes.

Committee member Alan Wisher said: “It was absolutely fantastic; I think the move to the camp in Wood Lane has meant it was the best event since it began.

“The discovery of the camp, which was an almost unknown entity, hiding in the undergrowth, has been amazing.

“In the past it provided anti-aircraft search lights, it was quite an important military camp, and for it to come back into use is fantastic.

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“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many volunteers who showed a real “Bulldog Spirit” to get the place ready. The buildings had been defunct, and we had a wonderful team of carpenters; you just wouldn’t believe the before and after photos.”

Visitors came from hundreds of miles away to take part in the popular event, and to help the committee prepare for the festivities.

Mr Wilsher added: “We must give a huge tribute to everyone who supported the event, and the volunteers, it was a superb example of esprit de corps.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves, so many young people are interested in this very important part of our history.”