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People’s parade set to mark the end of “best ever” North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:09 16 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 17 September 2018

The 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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The North Norfolk Railway’s 1940s weekend is to come to a close with a civilian parade through Sheringham town centre.

Other Sunday events include music, dancing and military vehicle displays in Holt and Sheringham, as well as a 1940s fashion show at St Andrew’s Church hall, Holt, and a beer festival at the Morley Club, on Cromer Road, Sheringham.

At Weybourne station, Poppy Line passengers were treated to an impromptu rendition of Daisy Daisy and the theme from Dad’s Army by Battle Pipes pipe band, who were on their way to perform at Holt and Sheringham.

The 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Lincolnshire-based group, who appear at events all over the country, features three generations of pipers named Syndney Charles, the youngest of whom is aged just six.

Band member Sid Bell said the north Norfolk event was a highlight of the group’s calendar.

Six-year-old Battle Pipes band member Sydney Charles, who shares his name with his dad and grandad, both of whom also play in the group. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSix-year-old Battle Pipes band member Sydney Charles, who shares his name with his dad and grandad, both of whom also play in the group. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

“There’s a really nice atmosphere, everybody gets dressed up and, because we all camp together in the area, it’s a lovely family event for us,” he said.

Other Weybourne attractions included dancing, a Naafi café, a display of vintage motorcycles, a 1940s shop and a display by re-enactment group Airborne Assault 1944, who brought along their French farmhouse complete with communications equipment and black cat on the roof.

Battle Pipes pipe band performing at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLBattle Pipes pipe band performing at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Weybourne station master John Blake said volunteers had enjoyed a busy couple of days, with the railway laying on an extra train to accommodate 1940s weekend crowds.

“There’s a more relaxed atmosphere at Weybourne and everybody who comes here admires the station,” he added. “It was built in 1900 and it’s quite a jewel in the Crown of the North Norfolk Railway.”

Battle Pipes pipe band performing at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLBattle Pipes pipe band performing at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Six-year-old Battle Pipes band member Sydney Charles, who shares his name with his dad and grandad, both of whom also play in the group. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSix-year-old Battle Pipes band member Sydney Charles, who shares his name with his dad and grandad, both of whom also play in the group. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Seven-year-old Gabriella Thomas, from Cromer, on the bridge at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSeven-year-old Gabriella Thomas, from Cromer, on the bridge at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Vintage motorcycles on display at Weybourne station.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLVintage motorcycles on display at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Airborne Assault 1944 re-enactment group at Weybourne station.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLAirborne Assault 1944 re-enactment group at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Airborne Assault 1944 re-enactment group at Weybourne station.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLAirborne Assault 1944 re-enactment group at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Vintage vehicles on show at Weybourne.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLVintage vehicles on show at Weybourne. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe 1940s weekend at Weybourne station. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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