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. Throughout the country, cities, town and villages spontaneously came together in joy and reflection following more than five years of conflict. Communities marked the victory by taking to the streets and celebrating with parties, singing and dancing.
The NVR will be commemorating this unique occasion at Wansford Station with 1940’s singers, dancing and music to create a street party atmosphere. Dressing up is a must to really get into the spirit of the occasion.
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. The locomotive is attending with thanks to The Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust
Wansford will be alive with the sounds of the era as we bring you a 1940’s DJ playing real vinyl records, vintage singers and forties dance classes - so there is no excuse not to join in the action!
Vehicles and military demonstrations are appearing at Wansford, whilst The Turntable Café will be serving a 1940’s menu – including much loved spam and other wartime staples. Our platform marquee forms the hub of the event with a performance area and the Whistlestop Bar serving drinks and snacks.
VE75 has something for everyone, and children will love our vintage funfair carousel and swingboats next to our established play area. Why not bring a traditional picnic and enjoy lunch at our riverside area overlooking the River Nene whilst watching steam trains crossing the bridge?
A comprehensive downloadable Event Guide will be available nearer to the event with full times and details for the weekend.
VE75 At A Glance
Throughout the weekend 8 – 10 May
Royal Scot hauled passenger trains with Mk1 stock and licenced buffet car
Military exhibition and vehicles on display
Turntable café and Whistlestop Bar for 1940’s refreshments
Vintage shooting gallery, carousel and swingboats children’s fairground rides
The Hairaid Shelter – Vintage hairstylists and make up artists
The Royal British Legion
Wansford Station gift shop
NVR specialist second hand bookshop on platform 3
Friday 8 May
1940’s music at Wansford
Vintage singer Frederick Charles with singalong favourites
VE Day tribute with ‘Last Post’ and Battles’ O’er with piper at 3 pm
Royal Scot hauled evening ‘Jolly Fisherman’ (sold out)
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 May
1940’s DJ spinning the vinyl records – all your wartime favourites
Vintage songbird May Blossom to get your feet tapping with the old classics
Dance Classes with Boston Jive – turn up and learn sone new moves
Music and dancing each day – nonstop entertainment and atmosphere
Please check back for updates with this exciting event you won’t want to miss.
Save the date, further details will be announced, you won’t want to miss out on this celebration with the NVR
Carer (with full paying passenger)