Wartime weekend draws ever closer

Wartime Weekend
Wartime Weekend

Railway in Wartime is coming to Whitby for the first time next weekend to transport the town back to 1943, in association with North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Esk Valley Railway.

There will be all sorts of activities and sights around town including entertainment from Ryedale Folk Museum re-enactors, singer Cherie Lawrence, 1940s trader stalls, free cooking demonstrations, and nostalgic rides around town on Charlotte the charabanc and Whitby’s old lifeboat, the Mary Ann Hepworth.

Many local businesses are even getting in on the action, with shop staff dressing in authentic 1940s-style clothing, and planning colourful wartime window displays and special wartime offers and promotions.

Author Mike Pannett will be signing copies of his new book near the station while Whitby Gazette staff will join up with renowned chefs Rob Green and Steph Moon in a cook-off competition.

Janet Deacon, area director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this year’s Railway in Wartime Weekend and hope we can help the NYMR build on the incredible success it has already achieved, as well as help Whitby prosper outside of what is traditionally regarded as the main tourist season.”

Partners involved in Whitby in 1943 include the NYMR, the Esk Valley Railway Development Company, Northern Rail, Scarborough Borough Council, the Whitby and District Tourism Association and Whitby Hospitality Association.

The Whitby Gazette, Green’s Restaurant in Bridge Street, Whitby, Blue Keld Springs Water and Whitby’s Discovery Accommodation are also giving their support to the event.