War-time memories come to life

Crich Tramway village, 1940's easter weekend. Roger Bailey and Glenys Walker.
Crich Tramway village, 1940's easter weekend. Roger Bailey and Glenys Walker.

VISITORS to Crich Tramway Village might need their tin hats and gas mask over Easter.

For the centre is aiming to transport people back to the Second World War era at a 1940s Weekend taking place on Easter Sunday and Monday, April 24 and April 25.

Crich Tramway village, 1940's easter weekend.

Crich Tramway village, 1940's easter weekend.

Visitors can expect air-raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft and will need an identity card for a real taste of life during the World War Two. Anyone who gets into the spirit of the era and arrives dressed in 1940s get up will get in for £8, said a spokeswoman for the venue.

She said policemen and members of the Home Guard will be patrolling the period streets and visitors must always be ready to show their identity card or risk being arrested as a spy!

She added: “Beware the spivs selling black market goods and watch out for unexploded bombs. However, the trusty ARP will be on hand to deal with any incidents including the incendiary bombs. The Red Lion public house will be serving drinks and war-time-styled meals.”

Historic wartime road vehicles will be on show and on the move, mingling with a range of vintage trams, which visitors will be able to ride on as often as they like.

Some trams will have blackout masks fitted along with anti-blast netting on the windows, blue coloured lamps and white steps. The indicator blinds will be blacked out too so as to confuse any enemy spies. Wartime songs will be belted out by an authentic concert party throughout the weekend.

Tracey Reader, event organiser said: “This Easter weekend promises to be a feast of nostalgia for those who lived through the war and an entertaining and enlightening insight into war-time conditions for those too young to remember. Veterans from all regiments will be in attendance and will share their stories”

Entertainment will be provided by Kevin McCracken, Miss Marina Mae, Amanda Beaumont and the George Formby Duo. There will also be stalls selling military and civilian clothing and craft workshops for children.

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