VALE residents are being invited to a nostalgic 1940s family fun day at a National Trust site.
Croome, near Pershore, has teamed up with the Defford Airfield Heritage Group to give visitors the unique chance to step back in time at their annual ‘RAF Defford Heritage Day’ on Saturday (July 9).
Aircraft exhibits, re-enactors, singers, vintage costumes, an art exhibition and market stalls will fill the former RAF site and there will also be a ‘Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’ fly-past, by a Spitfire and Hurricane.
Visitors can also explore the acclaimed RAF Defford Museum and enjoy live music from 1940s singer Jayne Darling, who will entertain with nostalgic tunes in the canteen.
St Mary Magdalene Church, which sits on the top of Church Hill in the grounds of Croome, was the setting for many weddings between RAF Defford personnel during the war and will be displaying typical 1940s bride and groom attire.
Celebrated artist Michael Barnard will be holding an exhibition of aviation paintings and there will be a chance to meet veterans who served at RAF Defford in the Defford Airfield Heritage Group marquee.
Dr Bob Shaw, chairman of the Defford Airfield Heritage Group said: “During the Second World War and the Cold War, Defford Airfield in Croome Park was one of the most secret places in the country. Now the veil of secrecy is being lifted.
“By 1945, up to 3,000 men and women were serving at RAF Defford. This event highlights their story.”
Becky Wilks, Croome’s event officer said: “Our annual RAF Defford event is hugely popular and there are always so many interesting exhibits to see.
“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the Lightning ZF590 supersonic 1960s jet fighter on display, which will help showcase the fascinating history of RAF Defford.”
Gates open from 10am to 5pm and parking is free.
Croome’s park and lakeside are open from 10am to 5.30pm and Croome Court is open from 11am to 4.30pm every day.
Call the National Trust site on 01905 371006 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome for more information.