THE Defend Fife World War II Festival will take place on September 29 and 30 and has been extended to include Lathalmond.

Last year's event attracted 2,000 people to Dunfermline but they're hoping crowds of up to 5,000 will attend over the weekend.

The festival has expanded to include a big exhibition venue, a Lathalmond war depot, which is near Kelty and is also the site of the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum and the Lathalmond Railway Museum.

The aim is to tell the story of West Fife's military history during World War II, incorporating the Home Guard and the Polish Army allies who were ready to defend Dunfermline against the threat of an Axis invasion between 1939 and 1944.

It will feature fun and exciting activities for all ages, including a parade through Dunfermline High Street with dignitaries, veteran groups, cadets and a pipe band. The event programme includes military displays, traditional Scottish and Polish music, war games and exhibitions.

Each day will see re-enactors stage an invading raid by enemy paratroopers – put your money on the Allies to win! – and visitors can sample wartime food and drink, rummage through a vintage market and enjoy pop-up museums and vintage military vehicles.

Vintage shuttle buses will run between Lathalmond and Dunfermline town centre.

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