Kelham Island 20-21 July

Approach to the museum

Approach to the museum

This location has superb potential to illustrate an air raid on an industrial setting at their Summer Fair on the weekend of 20-21 July. We will bring a small trailer pump, and a car-full of equipment. The pump would be stationed somewhere in the main yard, with our PA system out in the street outside (near the Bessemer converter). Anyway, here is a suggested scenario.

Stage at far end of yard

Stage at far end of yard

At a time when the entertainers on the stage are due for a changeover or a break, the air raid starts. An air raid siren starts in the yard, and the entertainers announce that due to the air raid, the concert has come to an abrupt stop. “Please would the public disperse for their own safety, and try and find safe shelter.” The soundtrack of bombers approaching, and bombs falling is then played (loudly) on the stage PA system.

“Persons reported”

Incendiary hits this building. Rescue civilians.

Incendiary hits this building. Rescue civilians.

As we hear bombs falling (on the PA) a smoke grenade is lit on the ‘1902’ building, on the top doorway. A disco smoke machine fills the room with smoke. The ARP wardens come with stirrup pumps to try to tackle the fire, but hear the screams of someone inside. The Firemen scramble to the scene, and rescue the casualty from the bottom door. As the door is opened, smoke floods out (check fire alarm smoke detectors!). The firemen go in, and a few moments later, comes out with a blackened face, supporting the casualty between their shoulders. The casualty is sooty and bloodied, with a nasty gash across his/her face, and is laid out on a stretcher, and carried to the First Aid Post, where nurses dress the wound.

HE blows windows out of building on left.

HE blows windows out of building on left.

Meanwhile, a High Explosive bomb (thrown thunderflash) goes off on the water side of the wall near the entrance, and blows all the glass out of the windows of the factory opposite (OK, so the windows aren’t there already). An incendiary takes hold in the factory, and smoke comes out of some windows. (Smoke grenades will be thrown across the water).

“Make Pumps One”

Pump set into water  by wall

Pump set into water by wall

Having completed the rescue from Building 1902, and getting a message from messenger / ARP warden / Home Guard / Policeman, the firemen scramble to their pump and haul it through the main entrance passageway, and along the cobbled street towards the ‘end of the Island’ gates. They set it up with two or three suction hoses into the water, and run through a dividing breach to two branches, one playing through the broken windows across the water from the main entrance, and another playing towards the smoke from the factory. Civilians appear, and get in the way, and are told where to go by the Police.

“Man Down”

Would be fantastic if we could get permission to have smote in this building

Would be fantastic if we could get permission to have smote in this building

The fire is put out, and as the firemen tidy up and make up the hoses, another soundtrack plays on the PA. The bomber has returned, and machine-gun fire is heard. A re-enactor is hit, probably a fireman or ARP warden, but it could be a civilian rubber-necker.

The ARP appear again with a stretcher, and the casualty is taken to the First Aid Post. As the firemen start clearing up, an ARP warden notices a UXB in the mud by the river, and starts to evacuate the area. The firemen complete clearing up, and the All Clear sounds on the siren in the yard, and on the outside PA. The concert resumes on the stage, and the nurses continue dressing the wounds at the First Aid Post.

Crew needed (NFS)
Casualty Makeup Artist
PA and Pyro
3-4 Firemen

Other Re-enactors to take part
2 or 3 casualties
2+ ARP wardens
First Aid / Doctor / Nurses
Police
Other civilians, esp any in factory overalls.

If you portray the Civil Defence organisations, and would like to get involved, please see our page on ‘Participants Invited‘ under ‘Events 2013’, and get in touch. This page will be updated as further details are agreed.