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North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend set to be ‘biggest and best’ yet.

PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 11 September 2018

Sheringham cafe owner Royston Young outside his 'bombed' out shop, complete with 1940s mural.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham cafe owner Royston Young outside his 'bombed' out shop, complete with 1940s mural. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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The countdown has begun for the North Norfolk Railway’s 1940s weekend and traders and townsfolk at Sheringham and Holt are pulling out all the stops to make sure this year’s event is the biggest and best yet.

Sheringham cafe owner Royston Young outside his 'bombed out' Station Road shop, which features a  replica 500lb German bomb stuck in the roof.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham cafe owner Royston Young outside his 'bombed out' Station Road shop, which features a replica 500lb German bomb stuck in the roof. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

With up to 20,000 people expected to descend on the two towns on Saturday and Sunday, preparations are well underway, with traders ranging from greengrocers to gift shops decking out their premises out with wartime displays, hairdressers inundated with bookings for 1940s ‘up-dos’ and charity shops doing a roaring trade in vintage hats and clothing.

Royston Young, who owns Roy Boy’s café, in Station Road, Sheringham, has been putting the finishing touches to his 1940s shop front, which features a replica 500lb German bomb lodged in the roof, crumbling brickwork and mural of a bomb-damaged building.

Sheringham Age UK shop manager Amanda Bell with a Lancaster Bomber-themed paper dress she made as part of the store's 1940s window display.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Age UK shop manager Amanda Bell with a Lancaster Bomber-themed paper dress she made as part of the store's 1940s window display. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Mr Young, who will also serving up wartime fare including boiled beef and carrots, corned beef sandwiches and rabbit stew, came up with the idea for the display with the help of family member Stephen Cully, who did the artwork.

“When it’s dark, we’ll have lights and smoke, so it looks like the roof is on fire,” he said. “I just love the whole atmosphere of the 1940s weekend and I think it is a pity people don’t have the same attitude now as they did then.”

Sharon Alton, of Sheringham ironmongers Blyth and Wright, with the 1940s window displays she created, which features Winston Churchill's dining room, a 'Dig For Victory' garden, and a wartime wedding scene. Photo: KAREN BETHELLSharon Alton, of Sheringham ironmongers Blyth and Wright, with the 1940s window displays she created, which features Winston Churchill's dining room, a 'Dig For Victory' garden, and a wartime wedding scene. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

At Blyth and Wright ironmongers, also in Station Road, supervisor Sharon Alton has created a trio of window displays, featuring Winston Churchill’s dining room, a ‘Dig For Victory’ garden with Blitz backdrop and Anderson Shelter, and a wedding scene complete with the 1942 wedding dress worn by her aunt’s mother-in-law, who lived at Banningham.

“We really enjoy it,” she said. “And, because we’re such an old shop, we have accumulated a lot of stuff from the era, from tools, to old packaging.”

Sharon Alton, of Sheringham ironmongers Blyth and Wright, with the 1940s window displays she created, which feature Winston Churchill's dining room, a 'Dig For Victory' garden, and a wartime wedding scene. Photo: KAREN BETHELLSharon Alton, of Sheringham ironmongers Blyth and Wright, with the 1940s window displays she created, which feature Winston Churchill's dining room, a 'Dig For Victory' garden, and a wartime wedding scene. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

At Holt, 1940s weekend committee chairman Duncan Baker, who is a director of Bakers and Larners department store, said the town had lined up an “incredible” programme of events, with attractions ranging from a pigeon race and a ration book trail, to a series of performances from Britain’s Got Talent finalists The D-Day Darlings.

“It will be absolutely brilliant,” he added. “All our traders are getting in on the act and, with Holt and Sheringham working together, we must be one of the biggest 1940s extravaganzas in the country.”

Sheringham ironmongers Blyth and Wrights' shop window, which has been transformed into Winston Churchill's dining room for the 1940s weekend.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham ironmongers Blyth and Wrights' shop window, which has been transformed into Winston Churchill's dining room for the 1940s weekend. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

For a full list of weekend events, visit the events page of the North Norfolk News website.

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