ORGANISERS of an annual wartime nostalgia weekend have thanked their supporters who helped make the event such a success.

Thousands of visitors headed to Pickering at the weekend for the annual Railway in Wartime showcase.

The three-day event, organised by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, started on Friday with a host of war-themed entertainment, including a pop-up show, live music and re-enactment displays along its heritage railway line.

New for 2019 was the D-Day exhibition at Pickering station to mark the centenary anniversary – an immersive display for children highlighting the tense first 24 hours on the beaches of Normandy.

There was also be the usual parade through Pickering on Saturday and Sunday.

At Levisham station, there was an interactive show, Other Side Of The Tracks, showing the story about a child evacuee and a British Restaurant.

Grosmont and Goathland stations featured authentic fairground rides, military vehicles, a vintage sweet shop and children’s games from Eden Camp Museum.

For the 17th year, the AvA Dance and Party Nights, hosted by DJ Lynne and Host Terry were held at The Engine Shed Restaurant, Pickering, in aid of Marie Curie.

Chris Price, general manager at the NYMR, said: “We’re often asked, what is the value of heritage rail to the community?

“Over the past three days we’ve welcomed more than 30,000 visitors from all over the country to experience Railway in Wartime.

“Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and suppliers, passengers of all ages were transported back to the 1940s for a weekend filled with the camaraderie and community spirit of World War Two.”