Rural life during World War II

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Experience what rural life was like in Britain during World War II when the Countryside at War weekend returns to Ryedale Folk Museum on Saturday.

Re-enactors will take over the attraction in Hutton-le-Hole on Saturday and Sunday to show what country life was like through a variety of displays and activities.

Visitors can have their hair done by a 1940s hairdresser, enjoy music by the Kirkbymoorside Junior Brass Band, join in the church parade and flag lowering ceremony, and have their photo taken in a 1940s-style by Kirkbymoorside Camera Club.

Added to the highlights will be talk by Dorothy Taylor, who was a Land Army girl during the war.

The event will also feature Red Army re-enactors and people can learn about their contribution to the war as allies, with Russian archaeology handling sessions, stories, toys and an even a makeshift Russian field hospital.

And the local Women’s Institute group are letting visitors get hands-on with some wartime home crafts such as knitting and rag-rugging or visitors can help dig for victory in the museum’s garden allotments.

The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm. The Kirkbymoorside Junior Brass Band will perform on Sunday at 2pm and 2.50pm. Normal admission charges apply.

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