Whitby welcomes wartime spirit

Wartime Weekend at Goathland station on Saturday''w124201ff
Wartime Weekend at Goathland station on Saturday''w124201ff

THOUSANDS of people steamed up and down the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this weekend for the wartime event to celebrate the spirit of the 1940s.

Bosses at NYMR believe that over the weekend 50,000 people are believed to have visited Pickering, where the event started 20 years ago, as well as Whitby, Goathland and Grosmont stations.

World War II re-enactors mingled with visitors from near and far for what is the biggest weekend of its type in the north of England and a major money-spinner for local businesses.

With the event at Pickering becoming so busy organisers have tried to expand it to other stations up and down the line and this was the second time it has taken place in Whitby.

Food stalls, dancing, re-enactors and demonstrations by local chefs at Dock End proved popular with locals and visitors who came to town donned in their 1940s finery.

Philip Benham, the railway’s general manager, said: “There are a few differences this year because we were given warning that the numbers in Pickering were becoming a serious concern. It seems to be going reasonably well.

“I can’t say how we are doing compared to other years yet but it seems to be the same as previous years.”

Look out for Friday’s Whitby Gazette where there will be four pages of pictures and stories from the weekend.