We are now all safely back home, and back into the 21st Century, after a superb weekend.
For us, it was a first time, as we are normally at Woodhall Spa this weekend, but we decided to try something new, and are glad we did.
BCLM is a fantastic venue for a 40s event, and they have been doing it long enough to be really good at it. For our part, we set up a couple of appliances, a pump, a large dam, and a (hidden) modern pump by the canal to give us an inexhaustible supply of water.
After the well-established air raid in the village, put on by our friends from the Severn Valley Railway, we then did a demonstration, starting with a short talk about the Blitz (‘Hitler didn’t try to blow up our cities – it was much more effective to burn them down’), and then a demonstration of the pump with two firemen on each of two branches, then of the four working together, one branch with a jet, and the other with a spray.
We then ran the No 2 foam branch (with modern detergent to make the foam), before ending with a chance for the children to hold a branch, and to use the stirrup pumps.
Thanks to Bob Warwick, who sent in some photos.