MIDDLEWICH’S heroes will be remembered when the town turns back the clock for its Wartime Weekend.

Those who made huge sacrifices to fight for our freedom and others who stayed behind to keep the war effort going will be honoured at the family festival between September 21 and 23.

Nostalgic re-enactments will take place on Market Field by the WW2 Association and UK Homefront and military vehicles will rumble through the town.

Keep your eye to the skies as a Battle of Britain memorial Spitfire will also be doing a fly past at about 3pm on Saturday.

Mementoes from the time will be exhibited at Civic Hall.

Charlotte Peters Rock will be presenting her research on Byley Airfield and Middlewich’s role in the First World War, Civil War and Boer War will also be explored by historian Allan Earl.

Middlewich resident Dave Roberts will be loaning three films for the weekend including a homemade video of the town in the 1930s and documentaries about the 1937 agricultural show and the King George VI Coronation.

Kerry Fletcher, heritage officer, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to our wartime exhibitions and we’re very grateful to the community for coming forward with information, wartime memories and family mementos.

“It has been made all the more special because of your efforts.”

‘Blitz and Peaces’ will be joined on Saturday by singer ‘Katie Spitfire’ plus there will be an array of brass bands at the Bull Ring and on Market Field each day.

There will be dance displays at the Bull Ring from 1pm by Masquerade on Saturday and the Dancercise Land Army Girls on Sunday.

The spirit of the bygone will continue until the evening with concerts by renowned 1940s singer Fiona Harrison on Friday and the Wychcraft Big Band on Saturday.

A prize draw each night will raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.

Even the mayor’s civic parade will have a wartime twist on Sunday.

The parade will be led by 146 ATC Squadron Band from Civic Way at 10.15pm to St Michael’s Church.

Town Mayor Simon McGrory added: “It’s an exciting prospect of taking the civic parade back in time where everyone involved can enjoy the nostalgia of the period.”


EXPERIENCE what it is like to fly an RAF Euro fighter Typhoon.

UKSim Rides will be bringing a flight simulator to raise money for Help for Heroes.

As well as experiencing what it is like to do a swing roll in combat, visitors will be learn about what the charity does to help servicemen who are injured serving the country.

Rides will cost £3 with £1 donated to Help for Heroes.


- Tickets for evening concerts are £8 (£7 concessions). Visit Middlewich Town Council in the Victoria Buildings or pay online at middlewich.org.uk

- A preview for residents takes place on Friday, September 21, between 11am-3pm at the Civic Hall exhibition is a special preview day for residents.

Events on Saturday and Sunday take place between 11am and 5pm.

- A park and ride service will be available to visitors at £1 per adult (under 16s free). Follow signs from the town centre to the designated car park.