Classic comedy comes to life at Dad’s Army Live!
PUBLISHED: 17:37 26 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:37 26 May 2019
Thousands of visitors have been steaming their way into the nostalgic world of the 1940s as the North Norfolk Railway holds its Dad’s Army Live! weekend.
The annual event sees re-enactors from Thetford's Dad's Army Museum populate the platform at Weybourne Station, while guests enjoy the music, food and drink of the era and simply soak up the atmosphere.
People playing Captain Mainwaring and other members of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard were all there, along with traditionally-dressed bobbies and other characters from the much-loved television show.
Angela Rudd, the heritage railway's business services manager, said she was delighted with the reception to the event, which began on Sunday and concludes on Monday.
She said around 3,000 people were expected to pass through the station for the themed weekend.
She said: "It's one of the events that the railway really looks forward to highlighting and putting in our calendar year on year, and it's something that we can pass down from generation to generation.
"You've got children with grandparents and parents, dog walkers passing by, and every train that's come into the station has been completely full. It's such a pleasure to welcome the Home Guard here."
One of those dressed in a Home Guard uniform was Tom Bye, who volunteers with both the Dad's Army Museum as well as the North Norfolk Railway.
Mr Bye said: "As son as they pull up, their faces smile.
"They all know it, from two-year-upwards, and they love Dad's Army. It's just one of those traditions that's in the English psyche now.
"We've been doing this now for about five years and it's one of our best events."
Also at the station was the original Jones's butcher's van from the series, which the museum bought and restored.
Mr Bye said the vehicle was iconic and a popular part of the weekend.
He said: "There's James Bond's Aston Martin, and then there's Dad's Army's butcher's van. Everybody knows them."
Naafi supplies were laid on by railway volunteers and local duo Timescape sang wartime songs.
The famous 'Royal Train' episode of Dad's Army was filmed at Weybourne Station back in 1973.
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