A number of heritage railways have recently announced the cancellation of war-centric events and, as a result media and public have enquired about the status of our Dad’s Army Live and Steam Back to the Forties events. The statement below outlines our position.

The NNR’s Dad’s Army Live event, recalls the tongue-in-cheek BBC sit-com that was popular in the late 1960s and 1970s and in particular the role that Weybourne Station played in the filming an episode entitled “The Royal Train” in 1973.

The event has been a popular feature of the line’s annual events programme for many years and returns on 30 April, 1 & 2 May this year after a Covid-enforced break of two years – see www.nnrailway.co.uk  for details.

Commercial Manager, Graham Hukins, said “Whilst we understand that some heritage railways have chosen to cancel their War on The Line weekends, our event does not include battle re-enactments or anything similar and we feel it is appropriate to hold the event this year, particularly, as after two years of pandemic restrictions, visitors are looking to something more relaxing and light-hearted and the British ability to laugh at ourselves has always been important in helping to get through difficult times.”

He added, “Plans for the popular Steam Back to the Forties weekend in September are also progessing. For many years, the event has sought to evoke memories of the whole decade not just the wartime period. There are displays that show how war affected everyday life through evacuation, rationing and loss and, if anything, that educational aspect demonstrating the privations and impact of conflict is as important now as in calmer times.”