WW1 Homecoming Parade, Blandford

Today I went to Blandford Forum, Dorset, to watch the WW1 Homecoming Parade, which marks 100 years since the end of WW1. It also officially started the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Great Dorset Steam Fair (23-27 August 2018). 

The Parade comprised a convoy of First World War vehicles and steam engines accompanied by a full crew in period dress.

At just after 11am the impressive convoy of steam engines and military vehicles started out from Bovington Tank Museum en route to the Steam Fair site at Tarrant Hinton, via Bere Regis, Winterborne Kingston, Blandford Forum and Pimperne. 

Despite the rain hundreds of people came out to see the Parade, waiting all along the route and for over two hours in the streets of Blandford for the convoy to arrive.

The Parade featured a British Mk IV Tank Replica from War Horse, a Holt 75 Gun Tractor, a Howitzer gun, WW1 motor lorries, motorcycle outriders, marching soldiers in Blandford and lots of steam!

This photo of the convoy of steam engines and military vehicles was taken in Salisbury Street, Blandford, as the Homecoming Parade left the town for Pimperne and then Tarrant Hinton.

More photos coming soon!

Steam engines Blandford. Vehicles from the WW1 Homecoming Parade, Blandford Forum, Dorset, en route the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 (GDSF).

Steam engines from the WW1 Homecoming Parade at Blandford Forum, Dorset. En route the site of the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018.

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