Hall to reverberate 
to the sounds of war

Pontefract Home Guard re-enactors, from left, Cpl Paul Roberts, Sgt Stephen Bulmer and Maj David Livesey at a previous event at Brodsworth Hall.

Pontefract Home Guard re-enactors, from left, Cpl Paul Roberts, Sgt Stephen Bulmer and Maj David Livesey at a previous event at Brodsworth Hall.

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A large gun will be fired and a military plane will fly over Brodsworth Hall as English Heritage continues its season of recreating Second World War life.

A 5.5in Royal Artillery piece will be fired twice this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon, while the flypast by a military transport Dakota will take place at about 2pm today and 3pm on tomorrow.

A familiar cast of characters will also be reliving life at the Hall as the nation prepared for D-Day.

The 4th Army Group Royal Artillery, then resident at the Hall, will be put through their paces with drills on the lawn and section attacks, while staff and residents will be revealing more about the time through a series of displays and activity.

Children will get a taste of the era with ‘Mr Punch meets Mr Hitler’, a Punch and Judy show with a twist, as well as getting involved in children’s drills with the soldiers.

The 5.5in artillery gun fired a 100lb shell and was extensively used in combat, crewed in total by 10 men.

It will be fired daily at 12.45pm and 3.30pm.

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