Visitors take a trip to the past

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SEVERN Valley Railway (SVR) stepped back to the 1940s during two nostalgic celebratory events.

Thousands of people attended the events over the past two weekends to experience a taste of what life was like in the 1940s, which featured re-enactments, entertainment, music and memorabilia.

Attractions included replica air-raid shelters, a wartime operations room, a full-size replica Spitfire and a blackout fair, which featured a helter skelter and family fairground rides.

Some of the main attractions of the weekend’s events were the 1940s house, as well as a 1940s-style wedding and a convoy of military and historic vehicles, which passed by as they made their way from Kidderminster to Arley.

On Saturday night the railway played host to an evening dining service as well as a VE Day celebration show at Kidderminster station, led by Peter Wayre and featuring a cast of entertainers as well as a fireworks display.

The two weekends of celebrations were concluded on Sunday night with a closing ceremony in front of Kidderminster station.

Clare Gibbard, SVR's marketing and communications manager, said: “Visitors seemed to thoroughly enjoy all the activities and entertainment on offer, with a spectacular Spitfire flypast along the Severn Valley on Sunday afternoon proving to be a fantastic addition to the programme and a real treat for our visitors.”

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