Comic book co-creators Roger Pickering & Gordon Somers will be on hand to sign your copy & answer questions (sorry, did I promise depth & drama?)
The Defend Dunfermline exhibition will be displayed on stage in the Pavilion behind our table. Exhibition guidebooks will be on sale too (the history behind the story).
Outside the Pavilion we will have a team of volunteers from Fife College building Page 2 of the comic, IN CONCRETE (A ton of concrete)! This exercise in experimental archaeology (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) will recreate the missing 4th anti-tank cube from the Home Guard road block that had defended Pittencrieff Road in 1940.
Also, meet Dean Bowen of Homefront Histories & a small band of WW2 military re-enactors. They will pose for pictures, explain & depict how these secret anti-invasion defences of Dunfermline were designed to blunt the expected Blitzkrieg.
Finally, if you enjoyed Defend Dunfermline on the High Street in August (or were sad you missed it) you will receive a copy of our 2018 festival flyer:
“DEFEND FIFE” incorporating “Defend Dunfermline” September 29th & 30th.
On two sites: Dunfermline city centre and at Lathalmond. The 45-acre site with the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum & Lathalmond Train museum (Shed 47).
We will have all kind of WW2 displays & encampments, vehicles & vintage fair.
We will have maps showing the secret war that went on in order to Defend Dunfermline
A parade taking place to celebrate both the British Homeguard and Polish Army.
On the day we will music and live performs that will help transform us back to WWII
There will be fun games and activities on the day to help get all the family involved.
Below is some key information to help highlight what the Defend Fife Event is all about.
Discover the story of 1940s Dunfermline, which had its defenses strengthened in the war years against infiltration from enemy tanks and paratroopers. Investigate the recently unearthed confidential maps and plans, drawn up by the allied Polish armies, who were exiled to Scotland during World War II. These plans – which were an enforcement of the roadblocks, checkpoints and fighting positions created by Dunfermline’s home guard – were prepared in the result of ultimate invasion. The festival will retell this interesting story through the eyes of the Scottish and Polish soldiers who worked hard to ensure Fife remained protected.
About Forth Pilgrim Ltd – Offering live interpretation across heritage sites in Fife, Forth Pilgrim Ltd. delivers educational, inspiring and entertaining workshops and walks, primarily dealing with Medieval History. The organisation are a leading partner in driving forward a new tourist route for the region, the Fife Pilgrim Way.