North Norfolk Railway 40s Weekend – 19th/20th September 2020.
The North Norfolk Railway has staged the extremely popular 1940s event in mid-September for the past 25 years. During this time the event has grown in popularity with visitor numbers now reaching in the region of 40,000 over the weekend. Many of these come from all over the country to experience this highly-rated weekend event bringing welcome late season income to the towns of Sheringham and Holt.
This year coronavirus has caused unprecedented actions with so many major events having to be cancelled or postponed. Regrettably the North Norfolk Railway along with others in the sector has suffered considerably with social distancing causing unique difficulties to overcome.
Like all businesses the current restrictions have had an adverse impact on the Railway and its special events. As a result of this the North Norfolk Railway has had to make the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s 40s Weekend that was due to take place on the 19/20 September. The numbers normally attending the event make it impossible, at this time, to guarantee visitors’ safety in relation to social distancing. The Board of Directors have had to make this difficult decision taking into account HM Government guidelines and hope that all who have supported the event, over the years, will look forward to make the 2021 event even bigger and one to remember.
Managing Director, Hugh Harkett commented “ We are very sorry we have had to cancel this very popular event and realise that many of you will be disappointed with that. Although the event was planned for September which is a while away yet, it does take much planning which has to start now. Given the Government’s advice and the restrictions currently in place we had no option as the size of the crowds at the Forties would be unmanageable. We do hope to welcome you all back next year. In the meantime, provided there is some easing of guidelines, we hope to be running ordinary passenger trains in late summer. They will run to a special timetable and restricted access for the protection of our passengers, especially in terms of contact. Please keep your eye on our website for details”.
The North Norfolk Railway very much regrets having to make this decision but is convinced it is the right one in the current climate. We look forward to 2021 when we hope that we can return to a more normal operation.
We would like to thank you for your support at this difficult time.