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Video and photo gallery: Sheringham celebrates North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend in style

PUBLISHED: 10:54 22 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:54 22 September 2014

Sheringham 1940s weekend 2014.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Sheringham 1940s weekend 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

The sounds of 1940s Britain filled a coastal town which has gone back in time for a popular living history extravaganza.

Crowds turned out for the Sheringham 1940s weekend, hosted by the heritage North Norfolk Railway (NNR) which runs between Holt and Sheringham.

From bespoke utility suits and elegant dresses to authentic Home Guard, RAF and Women’s Voluntary Service outfits - Sheringham’s streets and the railway were bustling with people in authentic clothes from the era.

In front of the steam engines, couples danced on the station platform, music from the time was played along the High Street and shop fronts were transformed into 1940s businesses with staff dressing the part.

Bryony Fraser-Burn, 17, from Gresham’s School in Holt, said: “It is so very British. It is lovely to relive our past, especially as people from the era are still around to share their stories. The younger generation could learn a lot from that era - to make do and mend and get on with things. The fashion is also fabulous. I would wear it every day if I could.”

Sheringham 1940s weekend 2014. Mick Whitman from the Dad's Army Museum, Thetford. Picture: ANTONY KELLYSheringham 1940s weekend 2014. Mick Whitman from the Dad's Army Museum, Thetford. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Sheringham 1940s weekend regular Nigel Stafford, 63, from Felixstowe, was at the event with his granddaughter Caitlin Yeo, eight, from Ipswich.

The painter and decorator, dressed in a Home Guard outfit, said: “I like the 1940s fashions and the way of life. It was a lot slower paced back then. You have got everything at the 1940s weekend from stalls, trains and reenactment groups and Sheringham town gets involved, which is great.”

Steam engines travelling on the railway were the Mayflower, Black Prince, LNER B12 and George Stephenson.

Trevor Eady, NNR general manager, said: “The misty weather hasn’t appeared to deter anybody, which is fantastic.

Sheringham 1940s weekend 2014. Having a gossip, left to right, Marion Manton, Roma Turner, Joan Lauterback and Linda Finch.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSheringham 1940s weekend 2014. Having a gossip, left to right, Marion Manton, Roma Turner, Joan Lauterback and Linda Finch. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“The 1940s was a very significant part of history and this event gives people the opportunity to see what it might have been like. It is living history.”

Town mayor Tricia Brooks said the sea mist made the event more atmospheric and thought the shop fronts looked amazing.

She said the railway station backdrop was the jewel in the crown for the weekend.

Partners Janice Gear and Derek Colebrooke, 58 and 71, from Clacton in Essex, said: “The 1940s is history that should not be forgotten. It is nice to remember it. It was possibly a more unified time when people pulled together.”

Among the multigenerational groups at the weekend were newlyweds Vanessa and Simon Hogan, 41 and 47, who married in Leicester on September 5.

They celebrated their honeymoon at the 1940s weekend with family, some of whom live in East Runton and Cromer.

Mrs Hogan, who has never been to the event before, said: “It is fantastic. It is lovely seeing so many people dressed up.”

Do you have a historical story from north Norfolk? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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