Woodhall Spa Forties Weekend.

I went with my wife to the Woodhall Spa Forties Weekend and what a fabulous time we had, the entire village enters into the spirit of the thing and everyone was extremely friendly.

Here are a few images from the weekend, the first being the wife and I.

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There was an eclectic collection of vintage vehicles on display from cars to motorcycles to military vehicles, I took my 1947 Bentley as it was right for the period. It was parked in the Broadway both days but I seem to have not taken a photo!

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I went inside this rather splendid car and caravan combination and spoke to the owner, I’d love to have one but I’m not sure about towing it with an old car although he said he did.

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A couple more photos of the interesting vehicles on display.

There was a small army of military types including small tanks and other tracked vehicles.

The military parade on the Sunday was rather splendid too.

There were chaps encamped in the woods which looked fabulous but personally we stayed at The Branston Hall Hotel, the house being originally built for Lord Vere Bertie, son of the first Duke of Ancaster, it later passed to the Leslie-Melville family and was a hospital during the war. It was a rather splendid building both outside and inside and I have to admit was considerably more comfortable than the option of sleeping in a damp tent in the wood. You have to admire the commitment of these military re-enacters.

Unfortunately my abilities with my phone to take photos are not up to the job of capturing a decent video image of the splendid Battle of Britain Memorial flight which did us the honour of flying over on both days. The first day it was the turn of the Lancaster and Spitfire and the second, a Hurricane and the Lancaster again. The Lancaster was so low I was expecting the two search lights to come on underneath as it must have been low enough for a run in to the dams in the Ruhr valley.

All in all a bloody brilliant weekend and one we intend to repeat next year.

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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8 Responses to Woodhall Spa Forties Weekend.

  1. Not far from where we used to live and we used to walk Maggie in Ostler’s Plantation every day. Wonderful for the BBMF, the Lanc et al would fly over our house. The Forties Weekend was always a great buzz.

  2. adguru101 says:

    What fun! I’m with you about staying in hotels. As far as I’m concerned, “camping out” is a hotel without room service 🙂

  3. SueW says:

    Sounds like a brilliant weekend Joe!

  4. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend – and both you and your wife look fabulous; I love what you’re wearing and it sounds as though you had a great deal of fun. On a more serious note, the Battle of Britain memorial flight must have been incredibly moving: what a privilege to see it twice.

  5. Its fun just reading about it.

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