Calling all Fife Businesses & Groups! Defend Fife Festival Appeal

Wed 6 Jun 18

On the 29th and the 30th of September this year, the Defend Fife WW2 festival will return to two sites: 

The festival, which attracted around 2000 visitors to Dunfermline Town Centre last year, looks to draw attendees into Fife's WW2 military history including Dunfermline & West Fifes hidden history - Home Guard troops, alongside Polish Army allies in defending against Axis invasion.

This year, the festival will feature many fun and exciting activities for all ages, including a parade through the High Street with dignitaries, veteran groups, cadets and a pipe band. The event programme also includes military displays, traditional Scottish and Polish music, war games and exhibitions.

The Festival has expanded to include a big new exhibition venue, Lathalmond - also the site of the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum & The Lathalmond Train Museum. Shuttle buses will run back and forward from Dunfermline Town Centre to the site. Each day will see re-enactors stage an invading raid by enemy paratroopers [the Allies will surely win]. Visitors can sample wartime food and drink, rummage through a vintage market and enjoy pop-up museums and vintage military vehicles - Bus & Train museums also included in entry price.


So… how can you get involved?


Participating in the event may include anything from decorating shop windows in a 1940’s theme, dressing staff in 40’s costumes, running workshops, activities, music or dance events, a WW2 pub quiz, or simply distributing flyers and spreading the word! The festival team would be delighted to help anyone who would like to participate. Tourism businesses, Hotels & B&Bs can use this as a weekend 'package' for visitors to spend the weekend in Fife


Here are some examples of businesses who participated last year:

  • Wetherspoons staff dressed up & created a special 'Wartime Ration Menu' for visitors
  • Sew Yarn Crafty led the way with a 40's window display, a rag rug making activity & dressed staff in 40's looking gear 
  • The knitting group at DCLG did us amazing yarnbombing black & white bollard & lamp post covers

For information on how you can get involved, please contact Festival Organiser, Roger Pickering, on 07806 644324 or email [email protected] - also follow @Defendfife on Facebook or Twitter.

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