DAD’S Army style re-enactors gave visitors a taste of the Second World War at Bicester Carnival.

The Bicester Home Guard Living History Group, which was set up 18 months ago, aims to show people what it was like during the 1939-1944 war.

Group member Andy Hunter, 53, said: “It is important to realise there were still people here in England protecting the country. We’re quite happy being likened to Dad’s Army but the reality was much more serious.”

The carnival began with a procession of Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, dancers and karate students who headed to Pingle Field for games and activities.

Events included a gun run by troops from the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment (DEMS Trg Regt), based at St George’s Barracks, in Arncott.

Troops in four teams had to take apart and put back together a bomb disposal robot, then remotely cut a wire to raise the winning flag. The regiment also brought along metal detectors and robots for youngsters to test out.

There were also demonstrations of soccer skills, martial arts and dance, and music from The Ramps and Jamie Felton.

Mayor Lynn Pratt said: “We were really grateful to the people who took part in the procession and lined the streets for braving the weather.

“We did get some sunshine later on in the day so I hope people thought it was worthwhile coming.”

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