1940s Weekend at North Thoresby and Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

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WANT to travel back in time to 1942 but can’t get hold of the Doctor’s Tardis?

Don’t worry, just go along to North Thoresby on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, and let the village take you back to the Second World War at the popular annual 1940s weekend.

The village will be dressed with bunting and there will be period vehicles and people in 1940s dress, vintage fire engine, swing and jive dancing in The Square and band concerts on both afternoons in the Playpark.

UK Homefront, re-enactors portraying civilian life, will be based in the primary school in the High Street and, amongst other things, will be highlighting childrens’ games of the period.

Trade and craft stalls will be scattered all over the village with something to offer everyone.

The event is organised in conjunction with Lincolnshire Wolds Railway who will be running a period coach hourly from The Square to connect with trains departing North Thoresby station at ten minutes past the each hour with the last train departing at 5.10pm.

Refreshments will be available at various locations including the NAAFI (formerly the village hall until it was requisitioned!), St Helen’s Church, which will also have a display of 1940s clothing and the Wesley Centre.

Light refreshments will also be available at the Rectory in Church Lane. Ice creams, drinks etc will be available from the Post Office and the Spar shop.

A high spot will be on the Saturday afternoon when there will be a flypast by a Hurricane and Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. This of course is subject to the weather. The approximate timing of the flypast is 2.15pm but this will be confirmed on the day.

As in previous years an official road closure will be in force over both days, residential access excepted, thus ensuring visitors can freely wander around.

owever as a consequence of this the No 51 Grimsby to Louth service will enter and exit the village via Ludborough Road and use Highfield Road as a turning point. Thus there will be no service via The Square and the High Street.

Restricted parking will apply to Highfield Road, Ludborough Road and Station Road.

Free car parking (although donations will be most welcome) is available on the cricket field in the High Street. Drivers just need to follow the road signs.

On Saturday night there will be a dance in North Thoresby Village Hall with music provided by Gentle Jazz and a hotpot supper. Tickets cost £10 each and are available from the Post Office, call 01472 840204.

Regrettably, due to rationing, people will need to take their own drinks.

At the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway at Ludborough there will also be military and civilian re-enactors intermingling with visitors.
Amongst the attractions will be steam locomotives, a static MkII Spitfire, military vehicles, battle re-enactments, a silver band, vintage vehicles, vintage traction engines, 1940s trade stalls, farm implements and 1940s music, song and dance providing a unique atmosphere.

Throughout the weekend the five star rated Steaming Kettle Buffet at Ludborough Station will be providing a range of superb 1940s style food and drink. 

Car Parking is available at Ludborough Station and entry to the static displays and exhibitions is free.
“Our 1940s Weekend gets bigger every year and it promises to be a great day out for all the family,” said organiser Gordon Newton. “We have a great line-up of attractions to remind visitors of days gone by and confirmation of the Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft flypast is the icing on the cake”

For more information call 01507 363881 or visit the LWR website www.lincolnshirewoldsrailway.co.uk.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is located just off the A16 between Louth and Grimsby - look out for the brown direction signs.