Thousands attend wartime weekend

The parade through the Market Place in Pickering during the wartime weekend.'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography
The parade through the Market Place in Pickering during the wartime weekend.'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography
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In true 1940s fashion, thousands descended on Pickering and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway heritage line today.

Visitors have travelled from across the country to witness the annual spectacle that is the Railway in Wartime weekend.

Dancing in the street to the sound of singer Don Gentile at the wartime weekend in Pickering.'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

Dancing in the street to the sound of singer Don Gentile at the wartime weekend in Pickering.'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

From British Home Guard uniforms to World War II nurses and 1940s ladies and gentlemen, the majority of visitors came dressed for the occasion.

Lining the wartime streets, visitors and locals watched the marching parade followed by a display of 1940s vehicles.

Dancing, music and laughter filled the town as everyone enjoyed the wartime festivities.

Just a ride along the heritage line, at Levisham, or Le Visham as it is known for the weekend, Goathland and Grosmont stations re-enactors played out different roles bringing the entire railway to life.

The parade through the Market Place in Pickering during the wartime weekend.'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

The parade through the Market Place in Pickering during the wartime weekend.'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

At Pickering the celebrations were in full swing for Victory in Europe day. While at Levisham, German forces took over the station of Le Visham, a French occupied town.

Couples, Tony and Christine Tideswell and Malcolm and Maureen Slack have been coming to the event for the past ten years and have been enjoying some 1940s dancing.

They said: “We really enjoy it, we meet friends we may not have seen all year and the atmosphere is just fantastic.”

The entire town came to life with thousands of visitors and locals singing, dancing and watching street performances and re-enactments before taking a train journey to see the spectacular that awaited them on the heritage line.

Fabulous dancers [left to right] Maureen and Malcolm Slack and Christine and Tony Tideswell having a rest from a 1940s dance

Fabulous dancers [left to right] Maureen and Malcolm Slack and Christine and Tony Tideswell having a rest from a 1940s dance

The festivities will carry on into tomorrow with performances from Lucy Lane, Pete Jones and 1940s DJ ‘Turn Back Time’ as well as a King’s Speech and the closing ceremony - where the heritage line and town will be handed back to NYMR.

The Home Guard line up at the wartime weekend.

The Home Guard line up at the wartime weekend.

German Kompanie 1 at Le Visham station.'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

German Kompanie 1 at Le Visham station.'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

The parade through the Market Place in Pickering during the wartime weekend. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

The parade through the Market Place in Pickering during the wartime weekend. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography