Friday, 19 August 2022

Battle of Britain fly past at Woodcote rally

A VINTAGE air show will take place at the Woodcate Rally this weekend

A VINTAGE air show will take place at the Woodcate Rally this weekend.

The Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will help mark the 50th anniversary of the annaul transport festival.

More than 20,000 people are expected to enjoy the 600 vintage and veteran cars, tractors, motorbikes and commercial vehicles as well as 40 steam traction engines.

The first rally was held in 1964 and raised £175 to help repair the village hall. Since then, it has raised more than £368,000 for the local community. To mark the anniversary, the rally will be the biggest yet with entertainment covering a 60-acre site outside Woodcote.

There will be a fly-past by the memorial flight aircraft tomorrow (Saturday) lunchtime and in the afternoon there will be a display by two Tiger Moths. One of these was built at the Morris Motors plant in Cowley, Oxford, in 1941 and featured in the Thunderbirds film as Thunderbird 6 and more recently in The King?s Speech.

There will also be a display by a former Chinese military ?Nanchang?, built in 1961 as a trainer for the People?s Army. On Sunday afternoon the Spitfire and Hurricane will give a display.

Among the traction engines this year will be Old Timer, a Marshall general purpose traction engine built in 1902.

There will also be more than 50 trade stands, a craft marquee with a specialist food hall and a country area featuring a range of rural crafts plus hawks and a sheep show.

For children, there will be a traditional fairground, a Punch and Judy show and more. There will be a real ale tent and a Pimm?s bar and live music. On Saturday evening Large Portion will perform on a stage surrounded by the steam showmen?s engines and the night will be rounded off by a spectacular fire show.

The rally will be open from 10am to 11pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday. Admission costs £10 for adults, £8 for seniors and £5 for children. Family tickets (two adults and up to three children) cost £25. There is ample free parking.

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