Final day of NYMR Wartime celebrations

Therese Engall and Yvonne Somrani  blow a cheeky kiss. George Lesniak raises a smile.pic Richard Ponter 154415e
Therese Engall and Yvonne Somrani blow a cheeky kiss. George Lesniak raises a smile.pic Richard Ponter 154415e

Today marks the final day of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s annual extravaganza - the Railway in Wartime weekend.

Thousands have gathered since Friday at Pickering to see the town turn back the clocks to 1943 and today is the last chance to see the wartime spectacle.

Civilian vehicles parade down Smiddy Hill, Pickering at the wartime weekend. 'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

Civilian vehicles parade down Smiddy Hill, Pickering at the wartime weekend. 'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

On Friday the festivities began when NYMR managing director Philip Benham handed over Pickering Station and the heritage line to re-enactors for the last time. Today, at 4pm, the railway will be handed back to the new managing director Chris Price who will take over the day to day runnings of the line.

Yesterday visitors lined the streets to see the traditional Foot and Civilian Vehicle Parade at 10.45am.

Today the Military Vehicle parade will drive through the town at around the same time.

The wartime weekend is great for business in Pickering and along the heritage line. Saint Catherine’s Charity Shop raised £1500 on Friday alone and hope to raise £5000 this weekend.

Stockport Music and Dance Band, otherwise known as the Mad Band enjoying the weekend dressed as school boys.

Stockport Music and Dance Band, otherwise known as the Mad Band enjoying the weekend dressed as school boys.

Manager, Sarah Bayes, has been preparing for the wartime weekend all year round and organised the 1940s decoration of the store.

Yvonne Hall, a volunteer, said: “She saves anything that looks like its vintage just for this weekend - it’s all to her credit.”

The charity shop will be open tomorrow from 10am until 4pm.

A first time visitor to the event, David Rooney, said: “I think it’s fantastic. I think it’s part of a British tradition that I hope we will never lose, this is what we are all about.”

Among the visitors, the Stockport Music and Dance Band, otherwise known as the Mad Band, grouped together and paraded the streets dressed as evacuated school boys to the laughter and delight of onlookers.

Elsewhere, Goathland, Grosmont and Levisham stations will all feature entertainment, displays and other attractions by the different World War II re-enactment groups.

At Pickering Showground, re-enactors will be putting on displays and stalls will be selling all things 1940s.

Officers Tony and Jenny Wheatcroft arrest Les Simpson for a little mischief. pic Richard Ponter 154415g

Officers Tony and Jenny Wheatcroft arrest Les Simpson for a little mischief. pic Richard Ponter 154415g

Simon Gould of Kompanie 1 at Le Visham Station. 'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

Simon Gould of Kompanie 1 at Le Visham Station. 'Picture: Richard Doughty Photography