A SECOND world war-themed day at Abingdon Lock which had to be called off earlier this year due will finally take place next year.

A permanent memorial to the Upper Thames Patrol was set to be unveiled on April 1, along with day-long activities including Home Guard re-enactors, military vehicles and wartime food.

But organisers decided to pull the plug after heavy rain led to the river flooding.

An announcement on the groups website, confirming a new date has now been set for April 14, 2019. stated: "After the event was cancelled this year, due to the river being in flood, we were inundated with re-enactors and public saying how sad they were and how much they were looking forward to it."

It said the group was 'delighted' to reveal a new date adding: "Let us all keep fingers crossed that the weather and river behave themselves this time."

Actor Steve McTigue will play Winston Churchill at the event, which will run from 10am to 4pm. Visit thamesatwar.co.uk.