Passengers on the North Norfolk Railway recently had their chance to relive a classic British TV moment, when the railway staged its annual Dad’s Army Live weekend event.
The event was originally held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the filming of the episode Royal Train (which was filmed on the Poppy Line in 1973). The Dad’s Army Live weekend event regularly attracts in the region of 2000 people per year, from all across the country.
A variety of attractions at the event included re-enactments staged by Thetford Dad’s Army Museum volunteers playing characters including Captain Mainwaring, Pike, and Jones the butcher, as well as wartime songs, NAAFI supplies laid on by volunteers from the railway, and classic vehicles including Corporal Jones’ famous van and a restored 1928 Eccles caravan.
Commercial manager of the railway, Chrissie Rayment, chalks up the event’s ongoing success to the public passion for “everything 1940s”.
“It is the nostalgia people love,” she said. “And whereas during the 1940s weekend we have to be wary of being respectful, Dad’s Army is just all about having fun.”
Dad’s Army Live weekend continues this Bank Holiday Monday from 10am. Tickets available from Sheringham station or from www.nnrailway.co.uk
Here are some great photos from the event
Looks like a fantastic event!
(Photos from Eastern Daily Press – more available from the site)