Sun. Sep 26th, 2021

Isle of Wight Observer News

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Enjoy the roaring forties while meeting real lions!

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Vectis Forties Vintage Club ~ also known as V4V – are joining forces with the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, to take Sandown Bay back to the 1940`s on the weekend of September 24-25.

At the sanctuary in Sandown there will be uniformed soldiers manning the pillbox on the roof, military vehicles, displays of war-time cookery on the home front, the Home Guard, the Women’s Land Army and much more. Visitors will be able to descend into an area of ‘The Granite Fort’, not usually open to the public, and have an air raid shelter experience. There will be displays of air raid precautions and history talks, and a chance to view the rare war-time PLUTO pump (called the Pipe Line Under the Ocean).

Live music of the era will be performed in the NAAFI, where there will be authentically-themed food available. There will also be a grand raffle and various stalls. A selection of books by well-known local historian, Tim Wander, about Sandown during WWII will also be available.
The admission fee includes full entry to the sanctuary, where you can also enjoy the experience of meeting the various animals. The event will run from 10am to 5pm each day.

All monies raised will be split between the Sanctuary and V4V’s charity fund.

V4V would also love to welcome new members. They are a friendly bunch of folk who have an interest in all things ‘40s, including the fashion, music and history. Thay have fun, while raising money for Island charities. For more details contact Sylvia on 296810, or email lapwinggo@yahoo.co.uk.