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Don’t Panic! Captain Mainwaring and his battalion entertain hundreds at Dad’s Army weekend

PUBLISHED: 23:14 27 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 28 May 2018

The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard in action
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard in action Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Crowds in their hundreds turned out to the North Norfolk Railway’s annual Dad’s Army weekend, to see Captain Mainwaring and his hapless Home Guard recreate the ‘Royal Train’ episode of the hugely popular 1970s BBC sitcom.

Dont panic! Dad's Army fire warden John Simons with bucket and hose at the ready
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDont panic! Dad's Army fire warden John Simons with bucket and hose at the ready Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The two-day event saw a team of volunteers from Thetford Dad’s Army Museum play the parts of much-loved characters including Sergeant Wilson, Pte Frazer, Jones the Butcher and Pte Pike, bringing to life the classic episode filmed at Weybourne station in 1973.

Other attractions included 1940s songs sung by Chrissie and John Drury of Timescape and NAAFI supplies laid on by railway volunteers.

The North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Mick Whitman, who has been playing the part of Captain Mainwaring for 11 years, said he felt he was “living the dream” in the role.

“I love every bit of it,” he explained. “I’ve met people I never would have met and been to places I never would have been.”

The North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The event continues today from 10am. For more information, visit www.nnrailway.co.uk

David Ashton as Jones the Butcher at the North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDavid Ashton as Jones the Butcher at the North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard await instructions from Captain Mainwaring
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard await instructions from Captain Mainwaring Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

David Ashton as Jones the Butcher at the North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDavid Ashton as Jones the Butcher at the North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Captain Mainwaring and Mrs Fox take a turn on the dance floor.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCaptain Mainwaring and Mrs Fox take a turn on the dance floor. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Captain Mainwaring and Mrs Fox take a turn on the dance floor.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCaptain Mainwaring and Mrs Fox take a turn on the dance floor. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Chrissie and John Drury entertain visitors to Weybourne station at the North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLChrissie and John Drury entertain visitors to Weybourne station at the North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dont panic! Dad's Army fire warden John Simons with bucket and hose at the ready
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDont panic! Dad's Army fire warden John Simons with bucket and hose at the ready Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dad's Army Live at the North Norfolk Railway
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDad's Army Live at the North Norfolk Railway Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe North Norfolk Railway's Dad's Army Live event Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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