GALLERY: Museum shows its fighting spirit at Skegness event

The Village Church Farm Vikings showing their fighting spirit. ANL-160608-154331001
The Village Church Farm Vikings showing their fighting spirit. ANL-160608-154331001

Volunteers from a museum in Skegness recently struck by lightning damage and burglary were out showing their fighting spirit today at an event to boost their funds.

The Live and Learn group invited residents and visitors to go “Back In Time” in Tower gardens, with the help of the Village Church Farm Museum who were promoting their activities.

Coun Maggie Gray milking the Village Church Farm 'cow'. ANL-160608-154500001

Coun Maggie Gray milking the Village Church Farm 'cow'. ANL-160608-154500001

Exhibits ranged from the Medieval era to 1940s and attractions included a Viking fighting demonstration, birds of prey, archery, a junior marching band, Top Limitz Dance Group. dog agility, a wood turner, charity stalls and a bouncy castle.

For Kellie North, assistant manager of the museum, it was a chance to show supporters they would not be beaten after what had been the second blow to their hard work.

Last week burglars broke in and stole the WI’s cakes from the freezer, a 40-inch TV loaned to them by a volunteer, as well as the contents of donation boxes. Two weeks earlier a freak storm brought the ceiling of the front room of 18th century farmhouse crashing down.

Kellie said: “People keep coming up and asking us about the burglary. It’s been hard turning out after everything that has happened.

It’s been hard turning out after everything that has happened but we wanted to show we wouldn’t be beaten

Kellie North, assistant manager at The Village Church Farm, Skegness

“But we wanted to show we wouldn’t be beaten. We are determined to go on and not close - we just need the donations to keep coming in.”

Coun Maggie Gray, one of the volunteers with Live and Learn, was in fine voice, literally, showing visitors a talent as a singer that is hidden at council meetings. She also had a go milking the Church Farm ‘cow’ and said: “I can’t believe I’m doing this. We are really pleased how the day is going and hope to raise a lot of money for Church Farm.”

* You can see the Vikings again tomorrow (Sunday) at the Viking Weekend at the Village Church Farm in Church Road South, Skegness. Watch Viking displays, visit the Viking Living History Camp and discover Viking stories.

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Live and Learn volunteers who organised a family event in Tower Gardens, Skegness. ANL-160608-154530001

Live and Learn volunteers who organised a family event in Tower Gardens, Skegness. ANL-160608-154530001

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Volunteers from the Village Church Farm promoting the museum at an event in Skegness ANL-160608-154852001

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