Thursday, 29 October 2009

Pickering WW2 WeekEnd.

We went along to this re-enactment weekend on October 17th, (the title above links into a short You-tube video), a really good friendly and interesting time it was too, and only a short bus ride away on't Moor Bus Services, which makes a pleasant start to the day, it makes a change not to be driving.
The main event is at Pickering itself, but other nearby villages put on events too, so there is a lot to get around, as well as taking in some wonderful Moors views. After a large fat boys breakfast at a local cafe, we bought some pies to munch as we stood to watch the main parade through the town, made up of British and American military vehicles and such like. Germans are not allowed into Pickering itself, unless under armed guard, and so their display is at nearby Levisham. Mr Churchill, with large cigar and v-sign, naturally got the most applause and cheers. God Bless the fellow, and all of those involved, for saving us from European domination.
Unfortunately, I'd forgotten my camera.. (d'oh).. and for that, I blame my local landlord for selling me far too much Tetleys the night before. Thankfully, after a walk through the 1940's market, Mrs Peeler joined us, with car and camera, and we made our way on to Levisham.
Re-named "Le Visham" for the weekend, the village and station was "German Occupied", good to see, but also a warning perhaps of how things may have been, had we lost.
Anyway, here's some pictures of a German camp just outside the Station, I think these gents were actually from West Yorks. They certainly looked the part, and the equipment looked very realistic.






The Station itself was regulated by German Military Police types, who played the part very well, anyone dressed in 1940's Allied uniform was arrested, and 1940's civilians were questioned closely. Enjoyable, but also worrying, at the same time.


This flag was flying on the Station itself, I presume it was some sort of German Rail flag, but I'm not at all sure.
As we drove out of the village, some Americans turned up and had a mooch about.

Onto Goathland, and a rather nice display of elderly motor bikes.
And the Home Guard on display, watching out for any typical dirty Nazi tricks and suchlike.

This was different, a Bren gun fitted with a cylinder magazine, holding 100 rounds, for A/A use.
Were horses bigger in the '40's? I only ask because the bloke stood next to it was a good 6'2, and that horse isn't standing up straight..
Last, but not least, Le Resistance, cunningly disguised, and keeping a watchful eye on the Germans, just waiting for the moment to strike, cause chaos to the invader, then melt away into
the countryside again..
A quick Witter, both Gaming and Blogging are going well, I have a weekend in London coming up for a GdB Wagram game, at which I have the Austrian Reserve Cavalry, so hopefully that will mean a gentle start for me on the Saturday morning, and we have Smoggycon and Recon shows coming up soon, which we are gaming at, so some good days to look forward to.
I'd like to pass a welcome to the latest "Followers", being Tim from Norton, CJP, Pat, Mike Siggins and Billy, welcome to all, and a good selection of Blogs they have between them.
Regards to all,

10 comments:

Conrad Hawkwood said...

Goatland!!! that was whwere my ancestors came from yoo hoo

Peeler said...

Hey, that's the very place!! Let me know if you want any photos of particular family bits, gravestones that sort of thing, and I'll do me best next time I'm there.

Conrad Hawkwood said...

yes have stuff my Drandfather visited back in 1974 and my english cousins have a lot of details and pic..none of the family live there anymore as far as I know.. though if you run into any Wardills then that would be them

Conrad Hawkwood said...

I hate typing

Conrad Hawkwood said...

Beck Hole..though my Grandfather called it Beck in Hollow..that where they came from..

Conrad Hawkwood said...

You don't know anybody connected to the Ccouting movement..in the Southend area, I know that is a long way off for you..maybe somebody in the UK will read this..My Granfdfather grew up in southend and was a founding memeber of the scouting movement..and the second Australian soldier to set foot on the shore at Gallipoli April 1915 4.31 AM by his watch.. and Peeler, he didn't think much of Winston Churchill or Jackie Fisher!!

Conrad Hawkwood said...

"Scouting Movement "

Peeler said...

Can't say as I blame him Conrad! Used to go to Sarfend when we lived in London, nice place really I thought.
Beck Hole would be the place, just down yonder from Goathland it be...

johnpreece said...

Get the breakfast sorted, then a bag of pies finally a look at the reenactors.

I admire a man who keeps his priorities straight.

Peeler said...

:-) Thanks John!