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2015 Season YEARBOOK


2015 2015 YEARBOOK Foreword by Wayne Stokes, Chairman The end of another year, and a sad one for the group as we lost our dear friend, the much respected Chris Wildey early on in the season. His final appearance was at Brighouse, and there is a photo of him included in this first volume of 2015. Once again I would like to thank all those members who took part in the many events featured here. We all do a tremendous job bringing history alive for local communities and event visitors. This is despite some scurrilously bad reporting by some of the national newspapers - in particular the Daily Mail - whose editors just don't get what it is that reenactment is all about. Their disgracefully poorly researched online piece following Brighouse in June 2015 published over 20 photos taken by their photographer at the event, 80% of which did not show our members, yet all of the people dressed in German gear were alleged to belong to Northern Forties. Some of our members had to endure a period of unfair publicity, which we have come to expect from a rag too dirty to even use as loo paper. On a positive note, our group's own event at Hooton Park proved to be a success with local people and other local reenactors, so we are running it again in 2016. I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend and participate, and Maggie and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the new season.

Wayne Stokes

Foreword by Mark Anthony Craig, Secretary The end of another year - and a particularly sad one for me, losing my dear mother over christmas. Although, because of her increasing illness over the years, my mother was never able to attend an event to see me "dressed up", she had faithfully stitched badges onto my German uniforms in the early days when I started re-enacting. She was initially surprised when I graduated from doing RAF to Luftwaffe, but said she understood that it was important to remind the younger generation of what it was like for her generation enduring the bombing raids when she was little girl. This year was more of a challenge for me to find photos of our members. Some of you very keenly send me your efforts during the year, but I suspect that several of our members take up so much time talking to interested visitors that they forget to take photos of themselves at events. Therefore, moreso than I would have liked, I have had to raid the internet for photos taken by keen photographers who follow WW2 reenactors. I am grateful to acknowledge the work of some of them here: Paul Gregory Mills, Chris Hall, Digimark Photography, Alison French amongst others. In a few years time, you will look back on this annual record of our group's activities and say to yourself and your friends: "Oh yes! I remember when...... Remember that?"

Mark Anthony Craig

Members active during the 2015 season: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Phil Allen Asuncion Almendral Bev Ball David Barrington-Smith Linda Barrington-Smith Mike Batten Mary Batten Sue Beal Judith Berry Joanne Blackmore Rachel Blackmore Bill Bolton Pete Bolton Andy Boyle Paula Brooms Maggie Case Mark Anthony Craig Paul Conybeare Les Constantine Veronica Constantine Andy Cullup Carol Davis

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Bill Davis Colleen Devanney Ron Devanney Andy Driffield Matthew Driffield Malcolm Edwards Don Eldred Elaine Eldred Ashley Everton Connor Fawcett Gary Fiedler Joe Finn Bob French Alison French Ruth French Paul Gardner Dave Garvey Sheila Garvey Lyn Gumm Richard Gumm Bob Ham Steve Heappey

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Melvyn Heappey Kara Halliday Graham Holroyd Lynda Holroyd Josh Holt Tony Howell Kenneth Johns Dan Jones Graham Jones Graham Lamb Wayne Langley Ethan Leatham David Leatham Alan Lewis Joy Lewis Martin Littlejohn Lesley Littlejohn Ara Mekhdjian Ged Miley Shaun Millgate Mandy Millgate Paul Neave

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Trevor Palmer Susan Palmer Alex Parsons Tony Parsons Seth Anthony Elion Parsons Christine Pearson Antonio Perez John Plant Margaret Plant John Poole Shelley Poole Wayne Potter Steve Roberts Lesley Roberts Kevin Sadler Derrick Sanderson Anthony Sibson Tom Simkins Fred Smith Lyndon Stanworth

• Annmarie • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Stanworth Adam Stanworth Patricia Stanworth Victoria Stanworth Derek Stanworth Wayne Stokes Alan Taylor Ben Taylor Scarlett Taylor Lee Thornton Jeffrey Topham Christine Topham Malcolm Tyas Rita Tyas Eric Umpleby Miriam Umpleby Ashley White Shannon White Chris Wildey Mary Wildey Gabriel Winrow

Whilst most of the photos in this Yearbook show Northern Forties members, some photos may also depict members of other groups and members of the public visiting the events which we attend. All photos are copyright © 2016, Northern Forties Re-enactment Group and may not be used elsewhere without permission. For more details, see

Chester International Living History Fayre: 9th - 10th May 2015

Positive press coverage for the Chester Event (Daily Mail and The Sun editors to note how reporting of WW2 events SHOULD be done!)

Batley Vintage Day: 30th May 2015

Lincolnshire Aviation Centre, East Kirkby: 6th - 7th June 2015

Brighouse, Yorkshire: 6th – 7th June 2015

Great Central Railway: 6th – 7th June 2015

Cosford International Airshow, 14th June, 2015

Heywood, Lancashire: 20th June 2015

Harrogate, Yorkshire: 28th June 2015

Yorkshire Wartime Experience, Yorkshire: 4th – 5th July 2015

Thorpe Camp, Lincolnshire: 11th – 12th July 2015

Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire: 18th – 19th July 2015

Random photos, locations unknown

COMING IN VOLUME 2: Seth’s Grim Discovery!

N40s 2015 year book volume 1  

WW2 re-enactment, Northern Forties Group, 2015

N40s 2015 year book volume 1  

WW2 re-enactment, Northern Forties Group, 2015