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Lytham War Weekend

« on: August 05, 2016, 10:49:35 AM »
If anyone looking for somewhere to go over the weekend of 13th-14th August then the following free event is well worth a visit :

http://www.visitlythamstannes.co.uk/whats-on/lytham-1940s-wartime-festival-p578420


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Re: Lytham War Weekend

« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2016, 01:51:11 PM »
Obviously I am a wierdo but when I see

"The 1940's brought to life with a bang! From the dark days of Dunkirk, through the blitz and hard times on the home front to D-Day and victory in Europe and Asia, come join in the atmosphere and immerse yourself in a brilliant weekend of entertainment, re-enactment and have-a-go fun!"

I think, what planet are you people on, there were 80,000,000 killed. Much of Europe flattened. The UK never recovered. How can this be celebrated or fun ?

Are they going to invite people into a tank, set it on fire and ask "how much fun are you having ?". Or strap them into a chair and pull their fingernails off, real fun that.
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Re: Lytham War Weekend

« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 03:15:44 PM »
Talking of weird, have you clicked the "film and photos from 2012 war weekend" link on the page and seen where it directs you?
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Re: Lytham War Weekend

« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2016, 03:37:40 PM »
Talking of weird, have you clicked the "film and photos from 2012 war weekend" link on the page and seen where it directs you?

Looks like they are at War with the traffic!! I know the feeling.
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Re: Lytham War Weekend

« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2016, 03:53:24 PM »
Obviously I am a wierdo but when I see

"The 1940's brought to life with a bang! From the dark days of Dunkirk, through the blitz and hard times on the home front to D-Day and victory in Europe and Asia, come join in the atmosphere and immerse yourself in a brilliant weekend of entertainment, re-enactment and have-a-go fun!"

I think, what planet are you people on, there were 80,000,000 killed. Much of Europe flattened. The UK never recovered. How can this be celebrated or fun ?

Are they going to invite people into a tank, set it on fire and ask "how much fun are you having ?". Or strap them into a chair and pull their fingernails off, real fun that.

Wars and battles from the UK's past have been the source of re-enactments and other historical "celebrations" for a long time, as have they been for other countries involved in these periods of history. I agree maybe a better choice of word would be commemorate. It is not for them to celebrate death and destruction, but to show elements of life from the time especially for young people so they get a more hands on look at the time in question other than taught from history books. Many military and other charities benefit from funds raised and generally a sense of the period in question is felt and memories rekindled, friendships renewed amongst older folk, a lot of whom take part and attend.

The entertainment is related to music and dance from the period and 'have a go fun' is like any other fete type day or fair, whilst re-enactment shows a very loose example of tactics in battle that allowed us to beat the enemy through courage, training, command, tactics and discipline.
By your argument we should abolish all events associated with this and other wars , as well as make no documentaries, TV dramas or films of the terrible wars or indeed allow fictional storybooks. In other words just forget it happened?

No one, I can assure you, is asking people to enjoy the fact that there was such massive death and destruction but for us to not forget the sacrifices made to keep us free..

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Re: Lytham War Weekend

« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2016, 10:28:42 PM »
No doubt it would be good. We will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at our local park on the 14th, a more poignant event at this time of year.  :)
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Re: Lytham War Weekend

« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2016, 12:09:13 PM »
By your argument we should abolish all events associated with this and other wars , as well as make no documentaries, TV dramas or films of the terrible wars or indeed allow fictional storybooks. In other words just forget it happened?

Not at all. I just object to the association of "fun" and wars. Show the full bloody truth.

Throughout history we glorify wars. WW1 normal folk were conned into signing up by all the glorification. Oh boy did they get a dose of reality all too soon and ordinary people like you and me were just used with the same indifference as a box of ammo so some general drinking fine wine could teach the Hun a thing or two.

Afghanistan was the latest disaster, hundreds dead, hundreds mutilated and for what, absolutely nothing. We failed first time round, the Russians failed and we failed again.

Ignoring the loss of life, that little expedition into Afghanistan cost us a massive fortune.

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Re: Lytham War Weekend

« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2016, 02:35:39 PM »
Well I guess you are right and those doing the RTTW and attending Remembrance Services must not allow themselves to have any fun on the day. I think that there are many documentaries on the TV that show the full horror of these and other wars.  So why deny folk who put on events to commemorate victory in WW1 and WW2 to have an enjoyable time as they raise funds for charity and demonstrate some semblance of life and society in those periods.


 

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