‘Burma’ weekend to offer living history

Church Farm Museum is hosting a Burma living history event this weekend
Church Farm Museum is hosting a Burma living history event this weekend

Huge living history displays will transport museum visitors to the jungles of war-time Burma this weekend.

Church Farm Museum, in Skegness, will host the event with more than 20 living history group members all adding to the authenticity and experience of the day.

Put on by The Road To Mandalay living history group, the Burma weekend will offer the sights, sounds and smells which give a taste of how life was in the jungles of Burma during the Second World War.

The display area will feature historical talks about the equipment, daily life for soldiers and the campaign itself – from defeat to victory.

If weather permits, there will also be a “kids’ army” activity where youngsters can take part in field drill exercises and fun competitions.

Forties-style entertainer Katy Mustang will be there to engage visitors with her show depicting Vera Lynn’s visit to the troops in Burma, among other performers. Local veterans and the Royal British Legion will also be there, offering insight and information.

The Road To Mandalay co-founder Karl Crawford said: “On Saturday we will also have at least one of our local Burma Star veterans joining us for a few hours, with an opportunity for visitors to speak with a veteran in person.”

He added: “As a dedicated living history group, our intention is to raise awareness of the ‘Forgotten 14th Army’ and the campaign in Burma. For us, they should be the ‘Remembered Army’.”