One of Clare Westbrook’s favourite events, Wartime in the Vale, returned to its usual June weekend this year

US Military Half-Track ambulance
Flat-fender Willys Jeeps
11,762cc Soviet-built 6-wheeled Gaz amphibious vehicle

There’s always a buzz of activity when you arrive at Wartime in the Vale (WitV). The showground comes alive early in the day; the rumble of heavy vehicles provides a constant but not intrusive backing track and there’s a happy hum of conversation at all the exhibits and stands. Walking around the showground, this year definitely felt busier than last; the return to the familiar Father’s Day weekend seems to have been a good move. The site was packed with military vehicles spanning many eras and theatres of operation, all lined up on display and ready for their turn in the arena.

‘There’s a happy hum of conversation at all the exhibits and stands’

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