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DEFEND FIFE WORLD WAR II FESTIVAL

 Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August 2019

Last year, the festival aimed to attract 5000 people and was a fantastic display of Dunfermline & West Fifes WW2 military history. This year aims to be even bigger and better, centring around the theme of air raids on the Forth as well as the Polish Navy in Rosyth.

 

Saturday 3rd August
Wartime entertainment ticketed event in the Glen Pavilion.
Sunday 4th August
WW2 show in Pittencrieff Park & the Glen Pavilion.

 

More About Last Year’s Event

The 2018 festival featured many fun and exciting activities for all ages.

The event began with a Parade through Dunfermline High Street on the Saturday with dignitaries, veterans, Cadets & Re-enactors with a wreath laying at the Dunfermline Garden of Remembrance.

The main Festival was expanded to a big new exhibition venue, Lathalmond – also the site of the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum & The Lathalmond Railway Museum.

The event programme also included military displays, traditional Scottish and Polish music, war games and exhibitions.

Each of the days saw re-enactors stage an exciting invading raid by enemy paratroopers.

A great day out for families and anyone interested in military stuff, especially WW2.

Festival

The festival, which aimed to attract 5000 people in 2018, is back again. This year, the event will explore more of Dunfermline & West Fifes WW2 military history - Home Guard troops, alongside Polish Army allies in defending against Axis invasion (1939 - 44).

Content

It will feature many fun and exciting activities for all ages, including a WWII activity on Dunfermline High Street on Saturday 3 August. The event programme also includes military displays, traditional Scottish and Polish music, war games and exhibitions on Sunday 4 August..

Where?

After the success of last year at Lathalmond, the Festival has expanded again and will take place in Pittencrieff Park. There will also be indoor exhibitions in the Glen Pavillion.

Games

There will be fun games and activities on the day to help get all the family involved.

Defend Dunfermline Day 2 Final (11)
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Secret Maps

We will have maps showing the secret war that went on in order to Defend Fife

Town Centre

WWII activity on Dunfermline High Street and special talks from author Jenny Robertson in DCLG on Saturday 3 August.

1940s Wartime Dance

With live music from That Swing Sensation. Dressing in wartime attire is encouraged!

The Big Event

There will be fun games and activities on the day to help get all the family involved. Watch live battle reenactments and learn about the history of the Home Front in Fife.

What is the Defend Fife Event?

Below is some key information to help highlight what the Defend Fife Event is all about.

What is it 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.

Who is behind the event?

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.