An event at Blyth’s South Beach is set to go off with a bang next weekend, as the annual ‘Blyth Battery Goes to War’ gets underway.

The family event which runs on both Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, will see weapons demonstrations, a Home Front display, military vehicles, live entertainment and two ‘beach battles’.

The simulated battle scenario will take place at 12 noon each day and weapons demonstrations, including firing, at around 1.30pm.  A Rolls Royce Meteor Merlin aircraft Engine will also be displayed and run up to twice each day, a new feature for 2018.

The organisers – Blyth Battery volunteers, Blyth Town Council and Northumberland County Council – wish to warn local residents and pet owners that there will be large bangs and loud noises during the event, particularly between 11am and 2pm each day.

This may frighten or upset dogs and other pets and it is suggested that owners should keep them under control, on a lead, or safely in a garden or home between these times.

Running orders and warning notices will be displayed to highlight the noisier sections of the event and announcements will also be broadcast on an onsite PA system.

The whole event will run  from 10am until 4pm on each day and entry is free.