ANY Nazis approaching Listowel on Sunday via the Bridge are liable to be shot as French, American and British troops mount a roadblock on the Bridge in an attempt to rout fascist forces once and for all.
Though you needn't take that much care, even if you do happen to be German or Japanese, as the roadblock is just one part of a fantastic day of World War 2 history planned for Listowel on Sunday next, May 6; mounted only by a group of WW2 re-enacters.
Sparked by the model exhibition by local modelmaker Pádraig Nolan - starting at the Listowel Arms at 12 noon on Sunday - of military and farm models, a group of local traders have decided to build an entire day's military fun out of the event.
"It's going to be a fantastic day and we're simply organising it as a bit of badly-needed fun for the town in these times," local businessman Ger Greaney said. "We will have 15 WW2 re-enacters comprised of French, British and American troops giving a full reenactment with guns later on. A vintage car parade will leave the Square at 1pm led by the FCA and there will be a display of vintage and modern farm machinery in the Square throughout the afternoon," Ger added.
Apart from all that, a bouncy castle, farmers' market and a pig on a spit will keep the hundreds entertained and fed over the course of the day in the Square. The military aspect ties in with efforts by local trader and military history expert Jim Halpin to open a military museum in the town and Jim will also be on hand with a display of some of his most prized memorabilia on Sunday too.
"Best of all, it culminates in a 1940s dance with Linda Galvin from Ballygologue and her band playing jazz and swing numbers all night long in the Arms," Ger added. Dress in period or as normal, either way it will be a great night out at the very reasonable cover price of €5!