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VE Day 2020

VE Day 2020 75th Anniversary Celebrations 8th, 9th 10th May

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8th, 9th & 10th May 

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‘My dear friends, this is your hour’ – Winston Churchill on VE Day.

When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020, it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. All over Britain, people took to the streets to celebrate the ending of the years of carnage and destruction.  It was a time to remember the past and mourn for lost lives, but also a chance to live in hope for the future.

The NVR will be commemorating VE Day with a three-day event starting on Friday 8 May 2020 – this date has been declared a bank holiday by the Government.  Wansford Station will be celebrating with live singers, dancing and music to create a street party atmosphere.  We encourage visitors to dress up in their best 1940’s outfits and bring dancing shoes to take part in our platform activities throughout the weekend.


We are delighted that LMS locomotive ‘Royal Scot’ will be a special guest throughout the event, and will be hauling passenger trains during the weekend.  Celebrate VE Day with the evening ‘Royal Scot Jolly Fisherman’  on Friday 8 May, with music on the platform before departure and a party atmosphere on board as fish and chips are served at your seat in our decorated carriages. The locomotive is attending with thanks to The Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust

More details and events will be added to the programme over the coming weeks, so please check back here for updates.

Join the NVR for a full weekend of Celebrations

Mk1 Coaching stock in use with Royal Scot
Intensive Timetable
Licensed Buffet Car
Platfrom Bar
Turntable Café serving hot/cold food in 1940's style and refreshments from 8:30
Wansford Shop and Second-Hand Book Shop open
Exclusive Best of British Special Event covers will be for sale on the train ONLY.
Vintage Singer Frederick Charles (Friday only)
The Hairaid Shelter mobile Hairstylists and Makeup Artists
Royal British Legion 
Other attractions to be advised

Ale on Rail,

Trade Stands
NVR Wagon Group
Wansford Miniature Railway
Mrs Gray’s Sweet Shoppe
Norskinoos Gallery
40's Stands

Be sure to bring along some dancing shoes and best 40's attire to join the wonderful Boston Jive who will be giving lessons on the Saturday and Sunday at Wansford. Claire and Neil tell us that two left feet are never a problem; they'll soon sort you out with one of each - so no excuses, you'll be Strictly ready in no time!

We are delighted to announce that the wonderful May Blossom, Vintage Songbird will be joining us for Saturday and Sunday during our event, as well as the Friday evening Jolly Fisherman train.  May brought our 1940's event to life by bringing the golden era of song to Wansford, and we are looking forwards to welcoming her back.


Save the date, further details will be announced, you won’t want to miss out on this celebration with the NVR

Adult Rover
Adult (15-65)
Senior Rover
Senior (65+)
Child Rover
Child (3-15)
Family Rover

Carer (with full paying passenger)



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Fri 8th May 2020
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Sat 9th May 2020
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Sun 10th May 2020
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