Railway 1940s weekend is hailed ‘biggest and best yet’

A 1940s bobby on the beat at Sheringham's military vehicle parade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

A 1940s bobby on the beat at Sheringham's military vehicle parade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Organisers have hailed this year's North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend the 'biggest and best yet', after an estimated 20,000 people turned out to Sheringham and Holt to take part.

The 1940s weekend military vehicle parade at Sheringham.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend military vehicle parade at Sheringham.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The annual event came to a close on Sunday with a Battle of Britain film screening and a 1940s-themed children's party at Holt, while, at Sheringham, a civilian parade saw thousands march through the town centre dressed in wartime costume.

First held 21 years ago as a one-off event, the 1940s weekend has since grown beyond all expectation, attracting people from all over the country and spreading its wings to include local pubs, clubs, shops and churches.

D-Day Darling Amy Worth with step-daughter Marcella, 10. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

D-Day Darling Amy Worth with step-daughter Marcella, 10. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Those taking part this year were ferried between the two towns by vintage buses and the railway's steam and diesel trains, with the Poppy Line also laying on a host of attractions at its three north Norfolk stations.

At Holt, a committee led by local businessman Duncan Baker organised events ranging from a pigeon race, to a performance by 1980s icon David Van Day, with Britain's Got Talent stars the D-Day Darlings also delighting crowds with renditions of wartime songs in the town centre, before judging a best-dressed competition and releasing a crate full of birds for a charity pigeon race.

The 1940s weekend military vehicle parade at Sheringham.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend military vehicle parade at Sheringham.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant


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Mr Baker, who donned a series of wartime outfits over the weekend, hoped to have raised upwards of £2,000 for local good causes from this year's event.

"We have had bigger crowds than we have ever seen before, it couldn't have been better," he said. "The sun has shone, charity stalls have done really well, everybody has enjoyed themselves and the atmosphere has been amazing."

Sheringham 1940s weekend.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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At Sheringham, crowds in their thousands lined the streets on Saturday for a 50-vehicle military parade organised by the town's carnival committee, with even more turning out for a civilian parade on Sunday.

Pub landlord Graham Deans, who is carnival events manager, said vintage vehicles, some of which had arrived on low loaders and trailers, had come from as far afield as Somerset, Wales and Leicester.

North Norfolk Railway general manager Andrew Munden at Sheringham station.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

North Norfolk Railway general manager Andrew Munden at Sheringham station.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Praising all those who had worked to make the event a success, North Norfolk Railway general manager Andrew Munden said: "We had people queuing for tickets at 7.30am on the Saturday morning and the trains have been running at almost twice capacity. It has been a fabulous weekend."

Families joined in the 1940s fun at Sheringham.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families joined in the 1940s fun at Sheringham.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham 1940s weekend.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

A vintage vegetable stall at Sheringham station.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

A vintage vegetable stall at Sheringham station.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families - and dogs - joined in the fun at this year's 1940s weekend.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families - and dogs - joined in the fun at this year's 1940s weekend.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The D-Day Darlings performing at Holt.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The D-Day Darlings performing at Holt.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The D-Day Darlings performing at Holt.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The D-Day Darlings performing at Holt.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Janet Sheen gets into the 1940s spirit with papillons Zander and Lexie.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Janet Sheen gets into the 1940s spirit with papillons Zander and Lexie.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

1980s icon David Van Day taking a forties fan for a turn on the dance floor at Holt.Photo: KAREN BET

1980s icon David Van Day taking a forties fan for a turn on the dance floor at Holt.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The 1940s weekend at Holt.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend at Holt.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Forties festival-goers dancing to the strains of 1980s icon David Van Day in Holt market place.Photo

Forties festival-goers dancing to the strains of 1980s icon David Van Day in Holt market place.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The Knightingales singing group on their way to perform at Holt station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Knightingales singing group on their way to perform at Holt station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The civilian parade finale at Sheringham.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The civilian parade finale at Sheringham.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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