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Video and Photo gallery: History buffs descend on Old Buckenham Airfield for military revival - with parties, a nuclear missile and SAS legend on the bill

PUBLISHED: 16:40 06 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:40 06 October 2014

The Military Revival 2014 event at the Old Buckenham Airfield. Passengers enjoying the tank rides. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Military Revival 2014 event at the Old Buckenham Airfield. Passengers enjoying the tank rides. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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History was brought to life at a revival in south Norfolk, which saw a former SAS star top the bill.

Old Buckenham Airfield was transported back in time at its second military revival this weekend, which saw thousands of history lovers enjoy re-enactments, vintage tank rides and an array of authentic uniforms.

Matt Wilkins, organiser, said that the revival had been a hit - despite a downpour on Saturday.

“This year we started to go down the road of trying to join the vintage and military side, which we achieved. It’s been a great year - considering that, compared to the Old Buckenham Airshow, this is only its second year and it’s done really well.

“The only downside was that we suffered with the weather, it rained steadily for about six hours one day.”

The Military Revival 2014 event at the Old Buckenham Airfield. Former SAS soldier, Bob Podesta, centre, with the beer clip from a beer 'Bob', named after him brewed by Taylor's microbrewery, presented by Shaun Hindle, left, of Battlefront, the East England Military Museum; and Matt Wilkins, airfield manager. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Military Revival 2014 event at the Old Buckenham Airfield. Former SAS soldier, Bob Podesta, centre, with the beer clip from a beer 'Bob', named after him brewed by Taylor's microbrewery, presented by Shaun Hindle, left, of Battlefront, the East England Military Museum; and Matt Wilkins, airfield manager. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

But the gloomy weather didn’t stop history buffs from having their moment - with SAS legend Bob Podesta giving them a chance to pick his brain over his impressive career, which includes 27 years in the Army and 25 in the SAS.

The former soldier was honoured by Taylor’s microbrewery, of Attleborough, after they named a beer in his honour and presented him with a commemorative clip.

The sell-out Bob beer was one of four which was specially designed for the show - with the 453rd, after the USAAF Bombardment Group stationed at Old Buckenham during the war, Gridsquare Remover, after the nuclear missile launcher system, and REMEs, after the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, also flying off the shelves.

On Sunday, a re-enactment group celebrated the role of mules in the World War Two Burma Campaign by depicting a replica British campsite, where mules were loaded with authentic carrying cases.

“It was a really unique thing to have at the show this year, and people really enjoyed it,” Mr Wilkins said.

And the fun didn’t stop when the sun went down, with a busy party on Friday night followed by the popular 1940s hangar dance on Saturday - which Mr Wilkins described as “quite extraordinary”.

The team have already turned to next year’s event, keen to build on the revival’s growing success.

“We have high hopes. Next year will be a joint military and vintage event where it can be all things to all people,” Mr Wilkins said.

Do you have an Old Buckenham story? Contact reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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