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Severn Valley Railway 1940’s weekend

This year the Severn Valley Railway’s popular 1940′s weekend takes place on the weekends of June 29th – 30th and July 6th – 7th 2013. As always there will be an intensive service of trains moving troops and their families up and down the line  as well as Costumed re-enactors and displays. The event will also feature a themed 1940′s show by Stundents of Shrewsbury College, as well as A 1940′s Wedding and a Replica RAF operations room. There will also be a  Visit by King George VI with his wife Queen Elizabeth who will be entertaining in their royal carriage, together with A visit by the Prime Minister, Mr Winston Churchill with speeches.There will also be many Replica 1940s displays including a typical 1940s house, an allotment, air raid shelters & ARP post as well as many Pre-1945 vehicle displays at most stations

on June 29th there will also be a Flypast by aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (the Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight flew over at approx 2:45 pm on Saturday – I watched it but I couldn’t get the camera ready in time s#@!, it looked like it was veering off towards RAF Cosford.) There is also an exciting battle re-enactment with pyrotechnics which will also take place at Highley Station, (tHat was really spectacular seeing the Avro Lancaster fly past at low level), there will also be Ahistoric vehicle display of tanks,  40s military vehicles and cars, a full sized Spitfire replica, a land army camp and a conscieintious objectors display. (Spitfire engines make a wonderful noise too)

Entertainment wise on June 29th there will be a VE Day Celebration Show at 7.30pm. and 1940s crooner Kevin Mack will be entertaining. The ever-popular Big Band Band-Show “workes Playtime” by the Allen Francis Big Band will be playing at Kidderminster Station . On July 6th there is also a show entitled A Salute to the 1940′s and there will also be entertainment throughout the event which will be provided by The Three Belles, Andrews Sisters Tribute Group, The Beven Boys, threepeice band, Dicky Lines, Lola Lamour and Peter Wayre. There will be many Sales stalls selling 1940s clothing, uniforms and other memorabilia

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