26th Oct, 2016

Croome offers a trip back to the 1940s for RAF weekend

Aaron Wise 10th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

VALE residents are being invited to step back in time to a nostalgic 1940s themed experience at a National Trust property in  Croome.

The park will be winding back the clock for its annual ‘RAF Defford Weekend’ event tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday (July 12), where visitors can enjoy aircraft exhibits, re-enactors, singers, vintage vehicles, rationing displays, book signings and stalls.

This event helps keep the memories of the extraordinary wartime era alive, as RAF Defford was a secret Second World War airbase within Croome’s parkland, where the war winning airborne radar was developed and later used by the RAF, Fleet Air Arm and the US Forces.

Visitors can also explore the RAF Defford museum, enjoy 1940s music by crooner Kevin Mack and the D-Day Darlings, meet and greet war veterans and get refreshments from the authentic 1940s style canteen.

Becky Wilks, Croome’s event officer said: “Our annual RAF Defford event is always hugely popular and this year will be even bigger and better.

“We are particularly looking forward to welcoming singers ‘D-Day Darlings’, who will be taking visitors right back to the heart of the 1940s with their nostalgic tunes on Sunday and, if the weather holds, a flypast by a Spitfire.”

Gates for the event open from 10am to 5pm with free parking, while normal admission applies to visitors entering the parkland or Croome Court.

Call 01905 371006 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome for more information