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Don’t Panic! It’s Dad’s Army on the North Norfolk Railway!

PUBLISHED: 09:29 29 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:39 29 May 2017

Captain Mainwaring and fellow Walmington-on-sea Home Guard members pose for a photo in front of Jones the butcher's famous van. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Captain Mainwaring and fellow Walmington-on-sea Home Guard members pose for a photo in front of Jones the butcher's famous van. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Passengers on the North Norfolk Railway had a chance to re-live a classic TV comedy moment, when the popular attraction staged its annual Dad’s Army Live weekend.

Sgt Wilson chats to Walmington-on-Sea vicar, Rev Timothy Farthing. Photo: KAREN BETHELLSgt Wilson chats to Walmington-on-Sea vicar, Rev Timothy Farthing. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Originally held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the filming of the ‘Royal Train’ episode on the Poppy Line in 1973, the event regularly attracts up to 2,000 people from all over the country.

1940s fashion at the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL1940s fashion at the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Attractions include re-enactments staged by Thetford Dad’s Army Museum volunteers playing characters including Captain Mainwaring, Pike, and Jones the butcher, as well as wartime songs, NAAFI supplies laid on by railway volunteers and vintage vehicles including Jones the butcher’s famous van and a restored 1928 Eccles caravan brought along by John and Tina Thurman, from Cockfield, near Lavenham.

Captain Mainwaring and fellow Walmington-on-sea Home Guard members pose for a photo in front of Jones the butcher's famous van. Photo: KAREN BETHELLCaptain Mainwaring and fellow Walmington-on-sea Home Guard members pose for a photo in front of Jones the butcher's famous van. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The railway’s commercial manager Chrissie Rayment put the event’s success down to the public’s passion for “everything 1940s”.

John Thurman in his restored 1928 Eccles caravan, which he took along to the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL. Photo: KAREN BETHELLJohn Thurman in his restored 1928 Eccles caravan, which he took along to the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

“It is the nostalgia people love,” she said. “And whereas during the 1940s weekend we have to be wary of being respectful, Dad’s Army is just all about having fun.” Dad’s Army Live weekend continues on Bank Holiday Monday from 10am, tickets are available from Sheringham station or from www.nnrailway.co.uk

Jones the butcher chatting to fellow Walmington-on-sea Home Guard members. Photo: KAREN BETHELLJones the butcher chatting to fellow Walmington-on-sea Home Guard members. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

1940s fun at the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL1940s fun at the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Inspecting the troops at the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL.Inspecting the troops at the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL.

John and Tina Thurman with their restored 1928 Eccles caravan, which they took along to the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL.John and Tina Thurman with their restored 1928 Eccles caravan, which they took along to the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL.

Brothers Ethan, Lachlan and Kian Watson help with the war effort at the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL.Brothers Ethan, Lachlan and Kian Watson help with the war effort at the North Norfolk Railway's annual Dad's Army Live event. Photo: KAREN BETHELL.

Walmington-on-sea Home Guard members. Photo: KAREN BETHELLWalmington-on-sea Home Guard members. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Captain Mainwaring and fellow Walmington-on-sea Home Guard members Jones and Pike. Photo: KAREN BETHELLCaptain Mainwaring and fellow Walmington-on-sea Home Guard members Jones and Pike. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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2 comments

  • Oh come on NorfolkHawker - we are talking about a newspaper that claims Horning to be on the coast!!

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    Tootyfrooty

    Friday, June 2, 2017

  • Photo 2 caption should be: Sgt Wilson chats to Walmington-on-Sea verger, Mr Yeatman. (See his yellow duster and flat cap?)

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    NorfolkHawker

    Monday, May 29, 2017

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