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Week of celebrations at RAF Burtonwood
9:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A WEEK of celebrations have been planned at Burtonwood Heritage Centre as the RAF marks 70 years.
Families will first be treated to a blast from the past when they step into wartime Britain during the Old Hall centre’s ‘Stars and Stripes’ military-themed weekend.
The museum, on the site of Gulliver's World theme park, is offering guests a 1940s experience on Saturday and Sunday including military re-enactments, classic vehicles, vintage stalls, music, dancing and memorabilia.
The heritage centre was built in 1987 on part of the RAF Burtonwood air base, formerly the largest airfield in Europe and was used by the USA during the Second World War and the Cold War.
A range of allied vehicles will be on display throughout the weekend and guests can attend a nostalgia-filled Saturday night dance in a marquee on the Gulliver's theme park site with entry priced at £8.
Roy Thorpe-Apps from Burtonwood Heritage Centre said: "This is a brilliant opportunity for families to delve into the past - it is an extremely fitting tribute to the thousands of men and women who served at RAF Burtonwood."
Entry to the event is £3 per person or £10 for a family of four.
For more details visit rafburtonwoodbase.org or call Roy on 07585 609781.
The Warrington branch of the RAF Association is also holding a ‘Battle of Britain’ parade as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the organisation at Gulliver’s World on Thursday.
A parade of the local cadets and RAF Association branch members will be taking part with proceedings starting at 11am.
The Mayor of Warrington Clr Peter Carey will be leading the way with tea and biscuits available at the end.
Brian Murphy, chairman of the Merseyside region, said: “It’s always fantastic to see the majesty of the Battle of Britain parade and getting the opportunity to combine that with the RAF Association’s own birthday celebrations is extra special.”
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