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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.

With around 20,000 people set to descend on Sheringham and Holt on Saturday, this year’s 1940s weekend looks set to go with a swing. The countdown has begun and here’s an updated ‘everything you need to know’ about the biggest event in the North Norfolk Railway calendar.

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The fourth Holt 1940s Weekend, which is part of North Norfolk Railway’s (NNR) popular attraction, is set to be the best yet.

With around 20,000 people set to descend on Sheringham and Holt on September 15, this year’s 1940s weekend looks set to go with a swing. Here’s everything you need to know about the biggest event in the North Norfolk Railway calendar.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse will be taking a step back in time to the 1940s on August 26 and 27 to give people the chance of experiencing what life was like in wartime Britain.

Celebrating Sooty at 70

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sooty, the glove puppet has been entertaining children for 70 years. Lynne Mortimer is privileged to have met him.

A former matron of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital who once went ice skating with John F Kennedy and nursed Winston Churchill back to health has died age 96.

This pretty Victorian Gothic property on the site of one of Norfolk’s forgotten mansions boasts a master bedroom adorned in real gold among other luxury features. Property editor Caroline Culot went to visit Haveringland Hall House, for sale for offers over £1.1million.

A field close to Weybourne Hope – which has always been considered to be England’s Achilles’ Heel in terms of enemy invaders – hid a dark secret until it crumbled into the sea.

Winston Churchill remains a towering political figure not only in Britain but also far beyond these shores.

For artist Julian Macey the flatlands of Norfolk have given him the most exciting and inspiring vistas, and untold hours of quiet, painting joy.

They were 26 women who were killed in Great Yarmouth while they proudly served their country and defended our freedom.

1954 was the year that a series of Unidentified Flying Objects were seen in the skies above Norfolk, just a year after the term ‘UFO’ had been coined by the United States Air Force.

Touching tributes have been paid to a long-serving councillor, who played a prominent role in the community and will be “deeply missed.”

Military enthusiasts have set a date for their first ‘road run’ tour of mid-Norfolk after their initial plans were scrapped due to poor weather conditions at the beginning of the year.

Hailed as one of the Royal Navy’s finest feats of arms, the St George’s Day raid on Zeebrugge 100 years ago struck a psychological blow at a key moment. Steve Snelling charts the fortunes of some of the Norfolk men who embarked on a First World War ‘mission impossible’.

Norfolk is a county which has historically always inspired creatives; from artists, to writers, to poets.

The gem of the Norfolk coast has for many years attracted visitors including royals, Prime Ministers and celebrities.

Military enthusiasts are set to hold their first tour of mid-Norfolk and showcase their huge range of restored vehicles.

The shaming of Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the Time’s Up campaign has claimed the majority of the film headlines this year. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at this year’s Oscar ceremony and is pleased to see you can’t always predict the winner.

Hollywood’s great and good gather on Sunday for the Oscars. Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama The Shape Of Water leads nominations with 13 but a host of British talent is in the running too. But who are your hot tips to pick up a golden statuette?

World Book Day is a time to celebrate stories, authors and illustrators and the occasion is marked around the globe in more than 100 countries.

The disappointment was clear, fully understood only by Ipswich fans in much the same way as only a dog hears its master’s whistle when it, too, can’t keep hold of its lead.

Today marks one hundred years since the first women received the right to vote in the UK. However, is our knowledge of the suffrage movement limited to the small amount we were told at school?

Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, I seem to remember

A rare set of photographs – never published before – gives an insight into the aftermath of Britain’s worst peacetime disaster of the last century. Trevor Heaton reports.

Video: Oscar nominations: Who’s up for what?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama The Shape Of Water leads the Oscar nominations with 13 but a host of British talent is in the running too, including Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Hawkins, Lesley Manville and Daniel Kaluuya.

The 27 tumultuous days, which led to Churchill’s impassioned cry for the British to fight on the beaches and in the streets, is dramatised in Joe Wright’s handsomely crafted character study boasting an Oscar worthy performance from the unrecognisable star.

Darkest Hour tells the story of Winston Churchill in the early days of the war. It also features a remarkable portrayal by an almost unrecognisable Gary Oldman. But how does it compare to the many others who have played him?

Mary Poppins, Han Solo, the Mamma Mia ensemble and a host of Marvel superheros are among the famous characters due to return to the big screen in 2018. Simon Parkin highlights some of the films that will have us heading to cinemas this year.

In 1940 Winston Churchill declared ‘We shall fight them on the beaches’, but as local historian Chris Weston explains, in a previous war it was more a case of fighting them over the beaches – and a Norfolk site played a key part.

Fearless and fearful in equal measure, Jack Sherwood-Kelly brought fame to the Norfolk Regiment a century ago. But his bravest fight was a war of words with Winston Churchill that culminated in his ruin, as Steve Snelling reports.

Richard Weaver, President of the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants, has travelled from Washington DC in America to present a plaque to St Catherine’s Church in Ludham.

Clive Lewis is due to speak in the House of Commons today during a debate on extending the franchise to 16- and 17-year-olds.

A Conservative MP has revealed he gets up early so that he can spend up to an hour in the bath every morning.

General the Lord Dannatt, former head of the British Army, reveals his secrets for effective management, why we need bad role models, and the two enemies of a successful leader.

Admiral Lord Nelson, Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill and Edith Cavell have all been immortalised as statues and now a Norwich pub landlord is set for the same honour.

From a giant canary bird that fans touch for good luck on their way to Carrow Road, to a bench outside a Norwich hospital featuring Edith Cavell.

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