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Beaulieu’s The 999 Show marks Montagu family speeding fine

History will come full circle at The 999 Show at Beaulieu on Bank Holiday Monday May 29th with Community Speedwatch demonstrations marking one of the earliest speeding fines which was issued to the Montagu family more than a century ago.


The brand new show, celebrating the work of the emergency services, will mark the start of the Hon. Mary Montagu-Scott’s year in office as the High Sheriff of Hampshire. Her  grandfather and pioneering motorist John, Lord Montagu was issued with the historic speeding ticket for ‘unlawfully driving a light locomotive at a greater speed than twelve miles an hour’ in 1902 and was fined £1 with 12 shillings costs.

Pioneering motorist John, Lord Montagu behind the wheel

Now, 115 years later, the Community Speedwatch team will be monitoring the sedate speeds of a diverse selection of vehicles as they trundle around the grounds of the National Motor Museum during the show, ranging from a Victorian Penny Farthing bicycle to a veteran car. Although none will be breaking any speed limits, visitors will be able to witness the important work of these speed awareness teams in encouraging motorists to slow down.

Community Speedwatch demonstrations will include a Penny Farthing bicycle and a veteran car

The modern hand-held speed camera and digital read-out sign that show-goers will see are a far cry from the methods used by the Police Constables in 1902, who used a stopwatch and visual markers at the roadside to work out John, Lord Montagu’s speed. He was caught by an officer in plain clothes, who was riding a bicycle!  When he became the New Forest Member of Parliament the following year in 1903, John, Lord Montagu went on to promote a bill which raised the speed limit from 12 to 20mph.

The police, fire and rescue, ambulance, judiciary, coastguard, National Health Service (NHS) and the prison and probation services have all been invited to join The 999 Show at Beaulieu.

New features which have just been confirmed include military band performances by the Rifles Band Winchester on the Events Arena, where there will also be a rescue of a casualty from the scene of a crash as the emergency services stage an extrication display.

The Library in Palace House

In a CSI Beaulieu murder mystery at Palace House visitors can find out from Specialist Operations Regiment, Royal Military Police forensic investigators how to hunt for clues, dust for fingerprints, collect evidence and photograph the scene of a crime. A cast of Beaulieu guides and actors will bring the story to life for event-goers to follow the murder trail around the Montagu family home.

Prison Me! No Way! mobile prison cell

Once the crime has been solved at the end of the trail, see how it feels to be locked inside a prison cell with a visit to the groundbreaking Prison Me! No Way! mobile prison cell van raising awareness for young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.

Expect the unexpected with a VIP kidnap which shows the role of bodyguards to protect potential targets from the threat of a real-life attack.

Meet some of the animal heroes of the emergency services

A treat for animal lovers will be the chance to see some of the animal and human heroes of the emergency services, with police puppies and retired German Shepherds from the charity Pensions4Paws. The Hampshire Search and Rescue Dogs team will be bringing along some of its life-saving canine colleagues, while visitors can also watch dog skill demonstrations from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Watch horse rescue demonstrations at The 999 Show

For family fun, see horses in the New Forest Agisters’ pound while special constables will be bringing a police horse. Watch a painstaking rescue demonstration of a full-size model horse, using real-life techniques and equipment.

For motoring enthusiasts, the Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group will also display some of its amazing collection of historic emergency services vehicles. Equally eye-catching will be two World War II themed trailers, which recreate shelters that were familiar to blitzed Britons in period-perfect detail. A mobile recreation of a 1940s police station will be set up in the Beaulieu grounds, joined by an Air Raid Precautions mobile unit built using a vintage caravan.

For more information on The 999 Show, click here.

Look out for this incredible recreation of a 1940s ARP mobile unit



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