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Blitz Hill - An Evening on the Home Front (1st March 2013)

Blitz Hill - An Evening on the Home Front

To celebrate its 40th Anniversary, Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of Shropshire’s ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, is planning for one evening to travel some 40 years into the 20th century – to the 1940s of World War II.

From 6pm on Saturday, 22nd June 2013 families are invited to arrive in period civilian costume and join in with the town’s, 1940s Blitz Hill evening, when the residents will be raising morale on the Home Front with entertainment, music and activities.

All visitors will be given a Ration Coupon to exchange for an ounce of Kali, and they will welcome the news that fish and chips and beer are not rationed!  On this midsummer evening, no blackout will be required and visitors can see casting in the foundry; listen to the brass band playing music of the time; meet the ARP warden and the WVS leader; learn about ‘Digging for Victory’; try a ‘spam’ fritter; discover ways to make the most of food rations; see vintage vehicles and steam engines and even have a go at drill with the Home Guard. 

During the evening visitors can enjoy a concert in Morton’s Ironworks in the style of the popular ‘BBC’s Workers Playtime Show’ that toured factories and workplaces all over the country boosting the spirit and camaraderie of the nation.  This is a chance for those who remember the war years to reminisce and share their memories, and for younger visitors to discover about the past.

Tickets to the Blitz Hill evening event must be purchased in advance from the entrance shop at Blists Hill Victorian Town, the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre or any of the other Ironbridge Gorge Museums, priced at £8.50 adults, £5.50 children aged 3 - 15 years and £25 family (two adults and two children). All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Ironbridge Gorge Museum Annual Passport Tickets are not valid for this evening.

For further information, contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.  The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).