Allo, Allo: Whitchurch set to host battle re-enactment weekend next week

Reporter:

Barrie White

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Cast members from cult classic BBC comedy Allo, Allo will be on hand to open the first Whitchurch re-enactment over the weekend of August 19-20.

Three stars – Kim Hartman as Helga, Guy Siner as Lieutenant Gruber and Richard Gibson as Herr Flick – will be there over the weekend.

The event, at Hadley Park, will run from 10am until 5pm both days and Simon Shillabeer, one of the organisers, is looking forward to a huge weekend.

“We as a group have all pulled resources to organise this show as part of Whitchurch Volunteers First World War re-enactment group,” said Simon, who has worked with Market Drayton town councillor Mark Whittle.

“I have been involved with a lot of the military trusts for many years while Mark is
ex-services, serving in the Falklands and Bosnia.

“It is a charity show and will always donate to military charities, with this first year planning a donation to Oswestry’s Mikey Hall, a paralympic archer, and the Beechtree Centre in Whitchurch.”

The show will have a full medieval village with craft arts, a Napoleonic section, a Roman section among others, as well as First and Second World War re-enactment groups.

There will be military vehicles while the Whitchurch Volunteers, started by the town council in 2015 through lottery funding, will also be there as they re-enact a First World War front line and nursing unit.

A shuttle bus will run to the showground from Tesco Whitchurch will also be on a regular basis.

Tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for children.

There will be a bar, provided by the Wheatsheaf in Whitchurch, which has arranged some cask ales specially from Battlefield Breweries in Shrewsbury.

They will also be providing accommodation for the Allo, Allo cast and they will have a bar tent connected to the main marquee at the show.

For more details about the weekend, head to www.battlereenactment.co.uk

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