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A 1940s VE Dance At Debach Airfield, Debach, Suffolk - 11th June 2005

DH gets wind of a VE-day celebration dance, in 1940s style, at Debach Airfielf near Woodbridge in Suffolk. Before long, fancy-dress fever grips the gang as various costumes are purchased from e-Bay and elsewhere in order to go with something of a suitable vintage, or at least with a nod to the period). The gig comes complete with camping privileges, so we arrive 45 minutes early to set up camp. This, it turns out, takes several attempts: we first pitch next to a pig shed, then where the line-up of military vehicles will end up, and finally "not quite in the alotted space", so it's fourth time lucky. When the event commences, there's an impressive array of military uniforms, Home Guard, land girls and evacuees, accompanied by the swing band "Sticky Wicket", plus the entertaining arrival of a Sherman tank during the proceedings. Before that, we head up to the Swan to test our gear out

next album: Debach Airfield Open Day - 12th June 2005
previous album: BREW Fest and Huey Lewis and the News, Balboa Park, San Diego, California - 2nd June 2005

2005 Captain Bill squares up to GI Marc in the Swan

Captain Bill squares up to GI Marc in the Swan

2005 Nosher in RAF gear

Nosher in RAF gear

2005 Suey as a WRAF sergeant

Suey as a WRAF sergeant

2005 Marc at the bar

Marc at the bar

2005 Bill, Suey and DH

Bill, Suey and DH

2005 Marc has a little sleep

Marc has a little sleep

2005 DH reads some paperwork

DH reads some paperwork

2005 DH stands by his 'tent'

DH stands by his 'tent'

2005 Captain Bill adjusts his tie

Captain Bill adjusts his tie

2005 The gang walk to the hangars

The gang walk to the hangars

2005 Marc, Sue, Phil, Bill, David and Jen

Marc, Sue, Phil, Bill, David and Jen

2005 Inside the dance hangar

Inside the dance hangar

2005 Jen, Bill and Suey

Jen, Bill and Suey

2005 An Apprentice Sergeant, US Navy captain and another GI

An Apprentice Sergeant, US Navy captain and another GI

2005 DH and Marc

DH and Marc

2005 The Boy Phil

The Boy Phil

2005 Suey and Marc

Suey and Marc

2005 Bill ponders his next move at the bar

Bill ponders his next move at the bar

2005 Phil, Jen and Suey

Phil, Jen and Suey

2005 Marc, Bill and DH chat to one of the wardens (who seemed to do at least 10 costume changes over the two days)

Marc, Bill and DH chat to one of the wardens (who seemed to do at least 10 costume changes over the two days)

2005 Clive 'Chickens' and Suzanne dance around

Clive 'Chickens' and Suzanne dance around

2005 In black and white, it could almost be the war

In black and white, it could almost be the war

2005 Not entirely 1940s sunglasses

Not entirely 1940s sunglasses

2005 DH chats to the 'tank boys'

DH chats to the 'tank boys'

2005 The tank lads

The tank lads

2005 Captain on deck

Captain on deck

2005 Benches outside the hangar

Benches outside the hangar

2005 A ladder is held up by Richard, the co-owner

A ladder is held up by Richard, the co-owner

2005 Richard checks the time

Richard checks the time

2005 A Willys jeep arrives

A Willys jeep arrives

2005 A Sherman tank appears - the result of a 5-year restoration project

A Sherman tank appears - the result of a 5-year restoration project

2005 Marc stands in front of the tank, like a scene out of 'Private Ryan' or something

Marc stands in front of the tank, like a scene out of 'Private Ryan' or something

2005 Heads pop up from the tank

Heads pop up from the tank

2005 The Sherman driver leaps off the tank, grabbing the end of the muzzle on the way

The Sherman driver leaps off the tank, grabbing the end of the muzzle on the way

2005 The Captain and Tenille

The Captain and Tenille

2005 Jen and Suey

Jen and Suey

2005 More dressed-up guests

More dressed-up guests

2005 A couple of WWII veterans from the 493rd bomb group and 8th Air Force

A couple of WWII veterans from the 493rd bomb group and 8th Air Force

2005 Marc gets a beer in

Marc gets a beer in

2005 The Boy Phil in his RAF threads

The Boy Phil in his RAF threads

2005 Marc has a roll-up on the go, and does a spookily-convinving GI impersonation

Marc has a roll-up on the go, and does a spookily-convinving GI impersonation

2005 Sue finds the least-convenient thing possible to clean her specs on: the bottom of Jen's trousers

Sue finds the least-convenient thing possible to clean her specs on: the bottom of Jen's trousers

2005 Some swinging action

Some swinging action

2005 Marc has a doze

Marc has a doze

2005 'Sticky Wicket', the band

'Sticky Wicket', the band

2005 The crowd applaud the band

The crowd applaud the band

2005 The drummer grins

The drummer grins

2005 The piano and bass players

The piano and bass players

2005 DH and Suey have a dance

DH and Suey have a dance

2005 Marc and another US Army chap

Marc and another US Army chap

2005 The venue after the crowds have dispersed

The venue after the crowds have dispersed

2005 Jen and Sue hang out by the donut van and manage to scrounge some spare pancakes

Jen and Sue hang out by the donut van and manage to scrounge some spare pancakes

2005 Back at the campsite

Back at the campsite

2005 Suey brews up a cuppa

Suey brews up a cuppa

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Captain Bill squares up to GI Marc in the Swan