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Blyth Battery Goes to War 2017

20th & 21st May 2017

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We are now excited to announce that this year's event will be taking a slightly different format. Rather than doing our beach battle we are instead having a large arena situated next to our searchlight buildings at the entrance to the beach car park, and we'll have a full programme of events happening in the arena, including firing displays and weapons demonstrations.

Groups confirmed so far:
Yesterday's Heroes
Kampfgruppe Schottland
JLRRA Memorial 25pdr display team
13th (home defence) Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Gordon Highlanders
Normandy Arnhem Society
Opfor Soviet
Hull Joint War Organisation
Youth Volunteers Initiative History and re-enactment group
Cockleshell Heroes
ARP warden display
Ex Military Landrover Association
KG Hawks with their birds of prey
Plus a range of military vehicles

Airsoft and paintball range
Koast radio broadcasting live all weekend
...and more tbc!

A note for all exhibitors:

Can all exhibitors wishing to attend the event please ensure they are booked in in advance.
We ask that all exhibitors are on site, set up and all modern vehicles into the car park by 10am on each day and there is to be no vehicle movement on or off the display areas after this time, until 4pm each day, without prior consent

Event programme

11.00am - official event opening and flag raising ceremony, located at the flagpole above the magazine building
Entertainment tent - music from Colin Bourdiec
11.30am - entertainment tent - traditional Northumbrian pipes by Megan Allan
12.00pm - display arena - 13th (home defence) Battalion DLI drill display and Northover grenade launcher demonstration
Entertainment tent - music from Colin Bourdiec
12.30pm - entertainment tent - swing guitar by Anthony Purdy
1.00pm - display arena - JLRRA memorial 25pdr team firing demonstration (expect some loud bangs!)
entertainment tent - music from Ruby Barnet
1.30pm - entertainment tent - swing guitar by Anthony Purdy
2.00pm - Entertainment tent - traditional Northumbrian pipes by Megan Allan
2.30pm - entertainment tent - music from Colin Bourdiec
2.45pm - display arena - firing display by Kampfgruppe Schottland
3.00pm - entertainment tent - music from Ruby Barnet
3.30pm - entertainment tent - music: wartime favourites to end the day.
Please note all demonstrations and timings are subject to change at any time.
The display arena will be located at our searchlight buildings at the enterance to the beach car park
The entertainment tent is located outside our Shelter tea room

Getting to the event

By car
follow the brown signs from the A189 for Blyth Beach. As you approach the beach, please follow the Blyth Battery park and ride signs to the Ranch car park where a park and ride service will be running each day from 10.30am - 4.30pm, provided by Millers coaches of Seaton Sluice, alternatively it is a 5 - 10 minute walk from the Ranch car park to Blyth Battery

Public Transport
The Arriva 308 service runs from Newcastle to Blyth and the bus stop is located just next to the entrance of the beach car park.
The Go North East 309 service is also available, with a bus stop about a 5 min walk

*Blyth Battery Goes To War 2018 will take place on 19th & 20th May 2018*

Getting involved

For more information or to book in a group or vehicle, please contact Laura Durward at lauradurward@yahoo.co.uk
Any traders wishing to book a trade stall please contact Arthur Cranson on arthur.cranson@northumberland.gov.uk or call 01670 797323

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