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Wartime weekend celebrates life of canal

Famous historical figures at Stoke Bruerne Credit: ITV

Visitors spotted plenty of famous historical figures at the eighth annual Village at War weekend.

Re-enactors from all over the country came to the village to help bring wartime Britain to life at the canal village Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire.

The event's focus is war time life on the canal Credit: ITV

The event is organised by the Friends of the Canal Museum and local villagers.

Organiser Lynda Payton told ITV News Anglia the event is all about highlighting the work of the canal during the war:

Blast from the past at war weekend

Tea is served at the village school Credit: ITV

Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire is hosting its eighth annual Village at War Weekend.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the event which is running all this weekend. It's organised by Friends of the Canal Museum and local villagers.

The event features an aerial flypast on each day, including a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

living history groups and re-enactors will help bring wartime Britain to life Credit: ITV

Mock air raids and living history groups and re-enactors will help bring wartime Britain to life. Tanks and military vehicles are on display, and the local Northampton Home Guard and Army Cadet Force will be on parade.

Wartime foods are on sale, with tea sold in the village school, and the church will be the venue for a fashion parade.

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For centuries it drew in visitors and provided a link to London, but in the 1970s it closed because of fears it could collapse.

A few years later another major engineering project got underway, to shore up the tunnel near Northampton and re-open it. Now, 30 years on, the tunnel that links the villages of Blisworth and Stoke Bruene is back at the heart of the local community.

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