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World War 2 Comes To Broadmayne

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8:45am 16th June 2014

A Dorset village fete is turning back the clock this summer to become the D-Day military camp it was 70 years ago.

Thousands of British and American soldiers were based at Broadmayne in 1944, ready to sail from local ports to Normandy.

To honour them, Broadmayne's World War 2 Society has joined with the fete committee to put on a special weekend of events. The group won a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for some of the activities which will include re-enactments and live music from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd  June.

There'll be a television production company, Bright Button Productions, there, who’ve already started filming around the village for two short documentaries based on Broadmayne's history.

We spoke to Lucy Edwards, Fete Organiser, who told us the village is steeped in history, "There are a number of people still local to us who were here during the War, and they have so much information and history to offer, it's sad not to hear it really, so it's great that they've been interviewed by Bright Buttons Productions."

Lucy said she can’t wait for the military camp to take shape, "The re-enactors are going to open their camp up for all of the children to go and have a look around, they're also going to be coming to the fete and showing all the children their uniforms and stuff like that."

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