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New organisers found to allow War and Peace Revival at Folkestone Racecourse to go ahead in 2016

By Matt Leclere

New organisers for the War and Peace Revival have been found to rescue the show's future.

The popular five-day event had looked set to end after this year when organisers Rex and Barbara Cadman last month announced they were to retire after 27 years at the helm.

But just weeks after announcing new owners were needed to allow the show to go on, a deal has been struck.

New organisers for the War and Peace Revival have come in to save the show's future
New organisers for the War and Peace Revival have come in to save the show's future

The show, which is held at Folkestone Racecourse, has grown over the years and last year attracted 100,000 visitors.

Mr Cadman said they were "overwhelmed" by the level of interest but were now concluding the final details of the deal with the new owners.

He added: "We had some incredible offers from big businesses and organisations that totally took us by surprise.

First World War re-enactors War and Peace Revival
First World War re-enactors War and Peace Revival

"Having recovered from our surprise, it became apparent to us that the future of War and Peace was not about how much, but about finding the right custodian for its future.

"Now, Barbara and I, and the team, feel we have found the right people to take up what we are leaving behind and move it forward into a new glorious future.

"Judging from the many hundreds of emails that we have received since we announced our retirement in June, the opinion of the military vehicle world is there is only one War and Peace and we understand more than ever just how much it means to those who attend each year.

Patton's Parade military convoy through Hythe as part of last year's War and Peace Revival. Picture: Gary Browne
Patton's Parade military convoy through Hythe as part of last year's War and Peace Revival. Picture: Gary Browne

"Barbara and I will work tirelessly to support the new organisers in ensuring the show continues.

"We are negotiating with a fantastic company with really lovely people who we know will do their very best to continue War and Peace in its true vein and who love the show as much as we all do."

This year's War and Peace starts on Wednesday, July 22 and runs until Sunday, July 27 at Folkestone Racecourse in Westenhanger.

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