Live in: Pleasley, Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire
Re-enacting WWII since: 2007
Tony re-enacts as: Wavy Navy (Lieutenant Commander), Royal Tank
Regiment (Sergeant) & Civilian
Alex re-enacts as: Civilian mum displaying vintage prams and
Professions: Tony is a coal miner; Alex is a mobile hairdresser
Alex and Tony
say: "We attended a very cold and snowy Crich Tramway Museum at
Easter with one of Alex's vintage 1940 prams which she restores as best
she can. We haven't got a baby so borrowed one for the weekend (Libbie).
The attention we got was brilliant to say the least. We couldn't believe
how interested people were in them.
"We met Wayne &
Maggie and got talking. They asked if we would like to join the
Northern Forties group. As they said it was fun with a capital F, we
decided this was the group for us. Wayne kept in touch and gave us some
brilliant advice on how not to waste money when buying period clothes
and other items.
"Our next event
was Whitby where it was almost as cold as Crich - but very much more
windy! This did not put us off so we carried on attending more events."
"I decided that I would actually like to wear a uniform so looked into
our family history . Both my grandfathers were in the services during
the war, and I decided I would like to try to portray them both.
"One of them was in the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR),
and I have managed to get
an RTR uniform - although it still needs some work to complete the
Grandfather was was a coalminer
like myself. But in the evenings he
was also a sergeant in the Home Guard, as well as an East Midlands heavy
weight Boxing champion at that time. I have acquired a small collection of pit equipment that I
will eventually display so that the Bevin Boys get some recognition too. When reading up
on this I found out that if your National Identity number ended in
certain digits, you had to go down the pit regardless of whether you had
received military training or not. A lot of these men and boys were ostracised by traditional coalmining communities whose own lads were sent out
of the pits to go to war. Many of the so-called Bevin Boys actually lost
their lives down the mines - and my grandfather was one of them.
This year I will be attempting to assemble a Home Guard outfit.
"My father also
served in the Royal Navy - although this was after the war. I have
acquired an original Wavy Navy uniform and decided to re-enact as one of
these men who
volunteered to serve on mine sweepers, submarines, trawlers and other
seaworthy boats during WW2. They worked alongside the regular Royal
Navy, facing the same dangers. I found this very interesting to
read up on as I had never realised they existed."
says: "I now have seven prams from 1930 - 1960, and a number of
pushchairs. I really enjoyed Crich - enough so that Tony said he thought
he could see my head swelling. He said my face had a permanent
smile on it. I was in my element I must say. I felt so proud pushing
those prams round explaining the details and the hard work they entail.
one thing I'm not keen on, however, is having my photo taken as I don't
think I'm very photogenic. I always seem to look like the Honey Monster
smiling. I'm a very cheeky person and have a quip for most of the cheeky
remarks made about the legitimacy of my babies (reborn dolls). I like
the fact that Northern Forties is about Fun and have met some lovely
people at these events.
would like to wear a uniform, but at the moment my prams are my
speciality and I enjoy showing them off. I also have a WW2 Army hospital
wheelchair that we occasionally use with a patient sat in it. I do have
a nurses outfit but unfortunately not from that era."
can find out more about Alex's collection of
Prams and Pushchairs elsewhere on this website.