Battle of Britain Memorial flight confirmed for Essex military show

Temple at War show 2015

Temple at War show 2015 - Credit: Archant

A family-run military show in Essex has bagged an RAF fly-past as part of the fun.

Temple at War show 2015

Temple at War show 2015 - Credit: Archant

Temple at War returns for its second year on May 14-15 at Cressing Temple Barn.

This year, as well as having hundreds of re-enactors from the First and Second World and Cold wars, a mock battle with pyrotechnics and displays, it will also feature a Battle of Britain Memorial fly-past.

The exact time of the flight is still to be confirmed, but organisers are looking forward to the roar overhead as a Lancaster bomb, Spitfire and Hurricane take to the skies above the event on the Saturday.

It is a big coup for the show which is organised by the Caton family from Great Baddow, led by dad Glenn, with the fly-past only appearing at a handful of events.

Temple at War show 2015

Temple at War show 2015 - Credit: Archant


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Eldest son Tom, 25, who takes part in re-enactments, came up with the idea after suggesting the family ran their own event, and mum Nicola, 53, and younger brother Edd, 23, jumped on board with the idea.

Glenn, 53, said: “A lot of these shows are in the middle of a field, but with the barns it adds a dimension to the atmosphere and experience. It feels more like a war-time village.

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“As a family we spend most evenings talking about and planning the show, trying to make it better. There is a real buzz in the Caton household, especially now we have the memorial flight.

“The way it has grown in just one year is phenomenal.”

Last year’s event saw an estimated 3,000 people attend over the two-days, and it is hoped to double that this year – a feat which looks likely based on early ticket sales.

This year’s programme also includes a sniper display and war-era music.

The event is open from 9am-5pm on Saturday May 14 and 10am-4pm on Sunday May 15.

For tickets and more details visit www.templeatwar.co.uk.

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