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Pickering gets ready to turn back clock for Wartime Weekend
PICKERING will be turning back the clock 70 years this weekend as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway hosts its annual Wartime Weekend.
The event will see Pickering Station handed over to re-enactors, who arrive at the station on Friday in their vintage civilian and military vehicles to recreate the look and feel of the 1940s.
Visitors will be able to wander around the vehicles in the car park, try out an aircraft simulator and enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend at stations along the line including Grosmont, Goathland and Levisham.
Marketing manager Danielle Ramsey said: “We don’t just enable passengers to travel in time, but they’ll also discover that we’re only a few minutes ride away from the continent, when the station at Levisham is transformed into the German-occupied French village of Le Visham.”
Goathland Station will become a base for the Home Guard.
Visitors can take tips on creating wholesome and nutritious meals using the most scant rations thanks to the Ministry of Food, and there will be displays of period vehicles. Just in case petrol supplies are also hit by rationing, shire horses will be on hand to take some of the strain.
While ground troops are occupying much of the railway, Grosmont station will be handed over to the fly boys. A replica RAF Battle of Britain Spitfire, and a recreation of a German Messerschmitt cockpit will be on display while volunteers will also be manning a soup kitchen and cake stall.
One highlight of the weekend will be a fly-past by a Tiger Moth aircraft on Saturday, weather permitting, and on Sunday morning, there will be a Remembrance and wreath-laying service to mark the sacrifices made by so many men and women during the Second World War.
The commemorative event was started by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway but has now become an event involving much of the town of Pickering.
Saturday will see a civilian vehicle and foot parade through the town, with a parade by military vehicles on Sunday.
Visitors will be able to access the Railway in Wartime weekend by buying a ticket for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – advance booking is strongly recommended, either online or from the station booking offices.
Vintage weekend attractions
A CHARITY shop has had a bumper year with sales of items for the annual Wartime Weekend.
Every year volunteers at Age UK in Kirkbymoorside put on a special display of period-style clothing and accessories for the 1940s spectacular.
It is the 11th year they had held the event. Manager Carol Holtby said: “We’ve had a really successful year and sold nearly all our stock.
“It’s been fantastic and helps boost our fundraising for the charity. All our items are donated by the public and anything we think is 1940s related we put to one side,” she said.
Ryedale Garages is holding a cancer coffee morning with a difference as they tie it in with the Wartime Weekend.
Guests who take cakes and other sweet treats to donate for the Macmillan Cancer coffee morning on Friday will be treated to an appearance of a 1946 Vauxhall 1400 HP J-type army staff car.
The coffee morning at the Kirkbymoorside garage in Piercy End, will start at 9.30am.
The garage has raised more than £29,000 during the past 19 years for Macmillan cancer and are hoping that this, their 20th fundraising event, will help them to hit £30,000.