PICTURES: D-Day tribute at museum fundraiser in Skegness

Bugler Eric Vaughan at the Remembrance service at The Village in Skegness. ANL-190520-084410001
Bugler Eric Vaughan at the Remembrance service at The Village in Skegness. ANL-190520-084410001

The 75th anniversary of D-Day landings has been marked in a special Remembrance service during the Wartime Village event at a museum in Skegness.

It was held during the museum’s annual 1940’s fundraiser. led by the Rev Canon John Thorold.

The Remembrance service is led by the Rev Canon John Thorold, with the Coun Mark Dannatt (second right) making one of his first appearances as Mayor. ANL-190520-084351001

The Remembrance service is led by the Rev Canon John Thorold, with the Coun Mark Dannatt (second right) making one of his first appearances as Mayor. ANL-190520-084351001

This year’s event had a new recipe for success - 1940s’ sausages. Kirk’s butchers made the special sausages for visitors to sample over the weekend.

Some of the country’s best re-enactment groups gave displays, with the uniforms and equipment of both Allied and Axis forces who fought during the war years of 1939 – 1945 on display.

History came alive with displays and talks from all of the 14 groups on display including; C Troop and Foxhole 44 on the airborne battles of Arnhem, The Lincolnshire Regiment Re-enactment Group depicting the regiment’s actions in Europe and Burma, Women’s Auxilliary Service (Burma) on the role of women in the Burma theatre, and Kampfgruppe 44 depicting the German forces leading up to the fall of Berlin.

The usual museum exhibits with the best homefront farmhouse and World War 1 museum display.

Remembrance service at The Village in Skegness led by the Rev Canon John Thorold. Photo: MSKP-190519-14 ANL-190520-084421001

Remembrance service at The Village in Skegness led by the Rev Canon John Thorold. Photo: MSKP-190519-14 ANL-190520-084421001

Singer Rachel Bea entertained the crowds on both days with a trip down memory lane and the rousing ENSA performances and sing songs to keep up troop morale.

There were several stalls selling militaria, vintage and make do and mend items, as well as charity stalls supporting forces and local services.

Kelly North, assistant manager at the museum, said “With this year being the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, it was important to remember those who gave their all and paid the upmost sacrifice in events that shaped the future of the world.”

There was also be a Dakota flypast on both days courtesy of the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).

Les Constantine of Skegness addresses the Remembrance service at The Village in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-190519-7 ANL-190520-084104001

Les Constantine of Skegness addresses the Remembrance service at The Village in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-190519-7 ANL-190520-084104001

The whole museum was open as usual with Bob the traction engine (T1300), built in 1892 by Richard Hornsby & Sons of Grantham, in full steam.

The café was also transformed into the Naafi selling refreshments and light bites at value prices.

Volalist Rachel Bea performs at The Village in Skegness..Photo: MSKP-190519-22. ANL-190520-084521001

Volalist Rachel Bea performs at The Village in Skegness..Photo: MSKP-190519-22. ANL-190520-084521001

Jackie Keegan and Donna Coleman as Land Army Women. Photo: MSKP-190519-12 ANL-190520-084138001

Jackie Keegan and Donna Coleman as Land Army Women. Photo: MSKP-190519-12 ANL-190520-084138001

Brandon Buckingham of Foxhole 44 living history group MSKP-190519-1 ANL-190520-084034001

Brandon Buckingham of Foxhole 44 living history group MSKP-190519-1 ANL-190520-084034001

Mick Hill of World Wars Forces Network. ANL-190520-084535001

Mick Hill of World Wars Forces Network. ANL-190520-084535001

Anyone for tea? Val and Tony Wood of Wainfleet. Photo: MSKP-190519-15 ANL-190520-084435001

Anyone for tea? Val and Tony Wood of Wainfleet. Photo: MSKP-190519-15 ANL-190520-084435001

A step back in time at the 1940s event at The Village in Skegness, Picture from left are: Judy Eastwood, Lucy Eastwood, Bryan Harwood and Christine Harwood. Photo: MSKP-190519-20 ANL-190520-084508001

A step back in time at the 1940s event at The Village in Skegness, Picture from left are: Judy Eastwood, Lucy Eastwood, Bryan Harwood and Christine Harwood. Photo: MSKP-190519-20 ANL-190520-084508001

Paul Eastwood, Paul Langman and Helena Langman with a 1940 Matchless G3L motorbike. Photo: MSKP-190519-18 ANL-190520-084452001

Paul Eastwood, Paul Langman and Helena Langman with a 1940 Matchless G3L motorbike. Photo: MSKP-190519-18 ANL-190520-084452001