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In Pictures: Sheringham and Holt go back to the 1940s on special weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:24 20 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:36 20 September 2015

1940's weekend at the North Norfolk Railway along the poppy line from Sheringham to Holt. Pictured is Mia Huntington, 4, from Mansfield.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

1940's weekend at the North Norfolk Railway along the poppy line from Sheringham to Holt. Pictured is Mia Huntington, 4, from Mansfield. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2015

Thousands of visitors to the North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend were smiling in the sun yesterday as Sheringham was transported back in time.

And there is plenty more to come.

The weekend so far has seen hundreds of costume-clad visitors climb aboard steam trains running along the heritage railway line between Sheringham and Holt, shop window displays dressed in the style of the era and eateries serving up 1940s cuisine.

This year Holt is playing a big part in weekend, which normally focuses on Sheringham and attracts between 10,000 to 15,000 visitors.

Events in the town include guided tours of Gresham chapel, tours of military vehicles and a display of vintage motorcycles.

Visitors are also able to meet Sir Winston Churchill in Bakers and Larners of Holt, and the department store’s cosmetic department shared 1940s make-up and hairstyle tips.

Trevor Eady, general manager at North Norfolk Railway, said: “It’s growing to the extent it has the potential to be even bigger.”

He added: “The one thing that is obvious is that you can become part of the event, just by digging some clothes out of your cupboard you are part of it.

“You are integral rather than just turning up in your jeans and T-shirt.”

Katie Barton, 18 of Bedfordshire, said: “For me it gives me an excuse to wear red lipstick.”

Her father Simon Barton, 48, said: “We were told if we didn’t dress up we would be out of place.

“We thought it would be fun to come along and experience the transformation.”

Members of the public will gather for the ‘people’s parade’ at 3.30pm outside The Lobster in Sheringham today.

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