Actors fly in for wartime displays

Wartime weekend at Eden Camp''Pictures by Neil Silk  121469a
Wartime weekend at Eden Camp''Pictures by Neil Silk 121469a

THE SECOND World War was brought to life for visitors at Eden Camp as the attraction hosted its annual Easter re-enactment.

Every Easter Bank Holiday weekend re-enactment groups from across the country travel to the Malton museum to put on show some of their wartime artefacts.

Wartime weekend at Eden Camp''Picture by Neil Silk  121469a'07/04/12

Wartime weekend at Eden Camp''Picture by Neil Silk 121469a'07/04/12

This year four groups put on a series of displays bringing to life all areas of wartime life, including a 1940s washing demonstration.

Museum manager Nick Hill said: “The re-enactments have grown to be a fairly regular event we run over Easter.

“They always go down very well with the visitors. It adds something extra to the day and their experience at Eden Camp.

“The re-enactors we get in are always very passionate about what they do, and they themselves enjoying speaking to the visitors about their military equipment.

Wartime weekend at Eden Camp''Picture by Neil Silk  121469a'07/04/12

Wartime weekend at Eden Camp''Picture by Neil Silk 121469a'07/04/12

“Having them here allows visitors to get up close to the uniforms and the weapons, which is something we can’t offer on a day-to-day basis. Most of our displays are behind glass, so this is a great chance for people to see everything, and how it would have been used.”

Mr Hill said Eden Camp enjoyed a busy Bank Holiday weekend “considering the weather” and that traffic delays on the A64, particularly on Monday, helped boost trade.