People will get the chance to experience centuries of war tales and activities at this year’s Cannock Chase Military History Weekend.
The free event will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August at Marquis Drive Visitor Centre and is being organised by Staffordshire County Council.
The event will include recreations of military life from the Anglo-Saxon period, right through to the present day. Children will get the chance to take part in army drills, people will also have the opportunity to fire air rockets, handle replica period kit and weapons and talk to local military historians.
Visitors will also get the chance to see inside the Great War hut, a genuine officers mess from 1915.
Gill Heath, Cabinet member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:
This annual event has become incredibly popular over recent years and we’re pleased to be able to put it on again this year. Staffordshire and Cannock Chase in particular are steeped in history and much of it military, from the Anglo Saxons right up to the Great War training camps on the Chase where over 500,000 troops were trained for the war. This military legacy is echoed today in the remains of the camps and in the Commonwealth and German War Cemeteries on the Chase.
This weekend will give people a real insight into Staffordshire’s connections to war, and 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 event runs from 10am to 4pm on both days. For more information call 01782 632350, visit http://cannockchasemilitaryhistory.weebly.com/ or follow us on Facebook (under CANNOCK CHASE MILITARY HISTORY). Any money raised through collections on the days will go to the Royal British Legion charity.