Wartime memories wanted for event

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WHERE were you in 1943 and what are your wartime memories?

We want to hear them so they can be part of the war weekend extravaganza that will be taking place in Whitby in the autumn.

What life was like for you in that year? What you were doing and what are your memories of the Second World War?

Do you have any photographs that capture wartime spirit in Whitby in 1943?

It is hoped the snippets from the past can be part of Whitby War Weekend 1943 – which is a new event that has been launched in the town and reported in Friday’s Whitby Gazette.

It will take place between Friday 14 October and Sunday 16 October and will run alongside the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Railway in Wartime weekend.

Extra trains will be running into Whitby over the weekend bringing in an estimated 5,000 people and there will be authentic displays and activities at the train station and around Endeavour Wharf.

Whitby Gazette editor Jon Stokoe said: “I’m sure there is a wealth of amazing stories out there just waiting to be told and we would be delighted to tell them.

“You may have served in the Armed Forces during the war or were involved in activities related to the war effort on home front soil, or you may have just been a youngster growing up at that time, having to get used to rationing and having to ‘get by without’ or ‘make do and mend’.

“It would be great to hear your stories from that time and build a picture of what it was like to be living in Whitby and the surrounding villages during 1943.”

Call reporter Emma Spencer on 01947 829914, or email your memories of that time to emma.spencer@yrnltd.co.uk