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Cannock Chase hosts military history trip back in time

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

Bringing history to life on Cannock Chase

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FAMILIES will get the chance to take a trip back in time at the Cannock Chase annual Military History Weekend on Saturday and Sunday August 16 and 17.

The free event, organised by Staffordshire County Council, will play host to encampment and arena displays from the 16th Lancers and the 1st Essex Yeomanry.

The Royal Warwicks will also be stationed in the centre’s genuine Great War barrack hut, where people can talk to a recruiting sergeant and sign up for King and Country.

In addition to the Great War, there will be a number of other eras represented by further displays, drills and exhibitions. From the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Civil War and Second World War periods through to the UK’s modern day forces.

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Also present will be Anglo-Saxon and Viking living history displays as well as forces from the Jacobite rebellion and the 1870s. Visitors can chat to the Thegns of Mercia about their thoughts on the Staffordshire Hoard, learn how to fire a bow or get involved in a Civil War pike drill.

Mike Lawrence, Cabinet member for Community at Staffordshire County Council said: “This annual event has gone from strength to strength and this centenary year is made all the more poignant as we remember the sacrifices made by thousands of soldiers and people in our county during the Great War.

“Cannock Chase has hosted troop training since the late 19th century and trained over half a million soldiers during the Great War. This military legacy is echoed today in the remains of the camps and in the Commonwealth and German War Cemeteries on the Chase.

“As part of our Great War centenary commemorations, the Military Weekend at Marquis Drive offers an insight into how soldiers lived and trained throughout history. With the Chase as the perfect backdrop and the weekend’s many interactive events and displays it promises to be a great family day out.

The Military History Weekend will be open between 10am and 4pm, with displays scheduled over both days. 

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