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North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend comes to a spectacular close as thousands turn out for people's parade

PUBLISHED: 17:59 15 September 2019 | UPDATED: 18:16 15 September 2019

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Crowds packed the streets of Sheringham on Sunday, as the North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend came to a spectacular close with a people's parade featuring thousands of people dressed in wartime costume.

1980s icon David Van Day takes a festival-goer for a turn around the dancefloor at Holt's 1940s weekend celebrations.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL1980s icon David Van Day takes a festival-goer for a turn around the dancefloor at Holt's 1940s weekend celebrations. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Organised by the town's carnival committee, the procession marked the end of what has been hailed the best event in the festival's 21-year history.

At Holt, a team led by local businessman Duncan Baker organised a 1940s-themed children's party, with other attractions ranging from a Battle of Britain film screening, to vintage and charity stalls in the town centre and a performance by 1980s icon David Van Day, whose wife, Sue Moxley, led a conga around the market place.

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Poppy Line stations at Sheringham, Holt and Cromer welcomed a record number of visitors, with around 25,000 train and vintage bus tickets sold over the two days.

North Norfolk Railway general manager Andrew Munden said: "With our new online system up and running, we sold more than 2.500 tickets in advance this year, it's been absolutely fantastic."

1940s festival-goers watching David Van Day perform in Market Place, Holt.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL1940s festival-goers watching David Van Day perform in Market Place, Holt. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancing to the strains of 1980s icon David Van Day in Market Place, Holt.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancing to the strains of 1980s icon David Van Day in Market Place, Holt. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

1980s icon David Van Day performing in the town centre at Holt's 1940s weekend celebrations.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL1980s icon David Van Day performing in the town centre at Holt's 1940s weekend celebrations. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Holt 1940s weekend on Sunday.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLHolt 1940s weekend on Sunday. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Festival-goers take part in a conga around Market Place, accompanied by songs from 1980s icon David Van Day.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFestival-goers take part in a conga around Market Place, accompanied by songs from 1980s icon David Van Day. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

1980s icon David Van Day performing in Holt town centre for the town's 1940s weekend celebrations.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL1980s icon David Van Day performing in Holt town centre for the town's 1940s weekend celebrations. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Holt 1940s weekend celebrations on Sunday
Photo: KAREN BETHELLHolt 1940s weekend celebrations on Sunday Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Festival-goers at Holt on Sunday.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFestival-goers at Holt on Sunday. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Festival-goers take part in a conga around Holt market place, accompanied by songs from 1980s icon David Van Day.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFestival-goers take part in a conga around Holt market place, accompanied by songs from 1980s icon David Van Day. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham 1940s weekend civilian parade. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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