By Paul Appleton
MORE than 7000 visitors attended the Severn Valley Railway’s flagship 1940s event held over June 24-25 and July 1-2, many dressed in period attire and waving Union flags as they entered into the spirit of the event.
People lined the platforms to catch a glimpse of the much-anticipated battle re-enactment at Highley, soaking up the action as paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines undertook their mission to capture an enemy ammunition train, while at Arley station, crowds of onlookers cheered on a ‘happy couple’ as they exchanged vows during a 1940s wedding. Arley also hosted a display of classic road vehicles.
A fire-fighting re-enactment and display was staged at Kidderminster, courtesy of the NFA & AFS Vehicles Group.
The Engine House Visitor Centre was home to a vintage market, while a replica air-raid shelter, a bombed-out building, a shop, an ARP post, a hospital train and classic and military vehicle displays were also on offer, along with a range of music and entertainment along the line.
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