Update: Video and photo gallery: 1940s weekend at Sheringham

PUBLISHED: 07:49 23 September 2013 | UPDATED: 07:49 23 September 2013

North Norfolk Railway's 1940s weekend. Saturday at Sheringham Station. David and Julie Hines, from Diss, with their children Natalie, 7, and Sam, 5.

North Norfolk Railway's 1940s weekend. Saturday at Sheringham Station. David and Julie Hines, from Diss, with their children Natalie, 7, and Sam, 5. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

“Don’t you know there’s a war on?”

‘War’ bride’s big day

A Sheringham couple known as Mr and Mrs 1940s enjoyed a wedding to match their name.

David Farrow, 42, and Lesley Dunning, 48, from Morris Street, said “I do” at North Walsham Register Office yesterday (Friday) and had their reception at the Dunstable Arms, Sheringham.

But instead of the traditional white wedding dress and decorations they opted for a 1940s-style wedding, from the bride’s tea-dance dress and Union Flag bunting, to a buffet with Spam sandwiches.

They spent £1,000 on the wedding and bought their outfits from military fairs.

The wedding was held a day before the 1940s weekend at Sheringham, an event the couple regularly attend.

Thousands of visitors to north Norfolk this weekend are certainly behaving as if that famous 1940s’ catchphrase is true.

The North Norfolk Railway, also known as the Poppyline, is hosting its spectacular 1940s weekend.

Sheringham town and the heritage railway have turned into one big VE Day-style party with gorgeous GIs and their glamorous gals dressed up to the nines as they stroll through a town decorated in period style or board steam engines bound for more fun and ’40s’ thrills at the stations in Weybourne and Holt.

Whole families have entered into the spirit with mum in stunning hat, seamed stockings and ultra-red lipstick, proud dad in uniform and the kids wearing hand-knitted jumpers and carrying gas masks.

Best-dressed staff and windows results

Results of the Sheringham Chamber of Trade best-dressed staff and window competition which attracted 88 entries.

Small business: staff: Katie’s; premises: Madeleine’s and Roy boys (joint). Larger businesses: staff: LLoyds Chemist; premises: Blyth and Wright and The Lobster (joint). Overall winner: The Courtyard.

The contest was judged by Peter Stibbons and ch

The Mayor Doug Smith announced the winners on North Norfolk Railway Station and Chairman of Chamber of Trade chairman Barry Starling presented the winners with a certificate and box of 1940s sweets.

The overall winner was presented with the Jamie Wright Memorial Shield by his widow, Vanessa.

Chamber secretary Andy Bullen said: “This has undoubtedly been the best ’40s weekend ever with thousands pouring into the town. Our thanks to Trevor Eady and his team at North Norfolk Railway for all their hard work.”

There is jiving on the platform, jeeps to “ooh” and “aah” at, and Spam sandwiches to tuck into, followed by treacle tart or bread pudding.

The nostalgia fest continues tomorrow and at 2.30pm costumed visitors will gather outside The Lobster pub to parade at 3pm through the town to Ottendorf green for a lowering of the flag ceremony. It is rumoured that Churchill may be there to take the salute and a Spitfire is expected to fly over at 3.30pm.

■ Read more about the weekend in Monday’s EDP.


  • What a pity Edp did not mention the amazing brass band consisting of 15 to 18 years olds from Nottingham. They were first class and deserve to be recognised. Their synchronisation was spot on and they made my day. Thank you to the Lobster for arranging this brass band. They are called the Nottingham Big Band. I do hope we can see and hear more of these gifted musicians in the future.

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    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • The Spitfire fly past just leaves the hairs on your neck standing to attention. What an awesome event this has become over recent years. Much credit for those who organise it and those who take part as you put Sheringham well and truly on the map.

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    Sunday, September 22, 2013

  • The North Norfolk railway is a marvellous piece of our steam heritage. I never could understand why the M & GN was closed in it's entirety,especially in an area so poorly served by road. If they had closed the railway and left the track intact,it would have been so much easier for enthusiasts to restore many lost routes. We are still suffering the legacy of beeching and marples, who thought the wholesale closure of branch lines was a good idea.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • One of the best 1940s event in the country only second to the North Yorkshire Moor Railway event at Pickering.The North Norfolk Railway is certainly now one of the top five leading heritage railways, and what a superb Steam Gala at the end of August. The railway is certainly very good for the North Norfolk tourist industry with the vast number of people attending the various events held on the railway.

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    Port Watcher

    Sunday, September 22, 2013

  • Many congratulations to all the people of Sherinmgham, and all the members of The North norfolk railway for an excellent 1940''s weekend once again. It was lovely to see so many people supporting the event and bringing revenue into the town. Also many thanks to The Lifeboat pub for lovely food and an excellent band on Saturday night.We are looking forward to next years. What a shame the line was shut by Beeching!

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    Monday, September 23, 2013

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