Whitby set for wartime weekend in October

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THOUSANDS of people are set to flock to Whitby to see the town turned back to 1943 this autumn as part of a major new event to bring wartime memories to life.

The idea behind the weekend is to build on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s, “Railway in Wartime” weekend which has reached dizzying heights of success.

Last year more than 26,000 extra people visited Pickering alone, with thousands of those dressed in 1940s costume, enjoying food and entertainment authentic to the period.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is extending its wartime trains into Whitby, with nine return services into the town over three days between Friday October 14 and Sunday October 16.

Partners including The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Esk Valley Railway Development Company, Northern Rail, Welcome to Yorkshire, Scarborough Council, the Whitby and District Tourism Association and Whitby Hospitality Association are now planning entertainment suitable for the occasion as well as a host of authentic wartime displays and activities on the station and on Endeavour Wharf to tie in with the railway’s 1943 theme.

The partnership is also appealing for community involvement in the hope the Whitby Wartime Weekend will become an annual event in the town. For more information contact Tim Readman on 07730 530069 or email tim.readman@scarborough.gov.uk Mondays through to Wednesday lunchtimes every week.