Big gun to be fired at Doncaster attraction

In the Army now. Jacob Grice (eight) from Woodlands with Pete Skinner (74) from Sprotbrough, in a 1943 Willis Jeep at Brodsworth Hall.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

In the Army now. Jacob Grice (eight) from Woodlands with Pete Skinner (74) from Sprotbrough, in a 1943 Willis Jeep at Brodsworth Hall. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

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A big gun will be fired and a military plane will fly over Brodsworth Hall this weekend as English Heritage continue their season of recreating Second World War life.

A 5.5in Royal Artillery piece will be fired twice each afternoon and the flypast by a military transport Dakota airplane will take place around 2pm tomorrow and 3pm on Sunday.

A familiar cast of characters relive life at the Hall as the nation prepared for D-Day.

The 4th Army Group Royal Artillery, then resident at the Hall, are put through their paces with drills on the lawn and section attacks, and staff and residents will reveal more about the time through a series of displays and activity.

Children will get a taste of the era with ‘Mr Punch meets Mr Hitler’ in a Punch & Judy show with a twist, as well as getting involved in children’s drills with the Home Defence soldiers.

The 5.5in artillery gun fired a 100lb shell and was extensively used in combat, crewed in total by 10 men. It will be towed to Brodsworth by a Matador artillery tractor and will be fired daily at 12.45pm and 3.30pm.

Events manager Jon Hogan said: “We’re really excited about the events this weekend as we have been able to bring an impressive Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft to Brodsworth, in addition to the 5.5in great gun, so we are anticipating a truly dramatic programme at the Hall and gardens.”