1940’s weekend proves a success at East Anglia Transport Museum

Transport Museum 1940s Weekend

Transport Museum 1940s Weekend - Credit: Archant

Almost 800 people took a step back in time to enjoy the first ever 1940s weekend to be held at the East Anglia Transport Museum.

1940's weekend. Pictures: Mick Howes

1940's weekend. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

With fine weather on both days last weekend, the site was decorated with bunting and props from the 1940s era with windows taped across as they used to be in case of air raids. Occasionally, the music of the era would be interrupted by the sound of the air raid siren.

A large number of visitors and the majority of the museums volunteers had dressed in 1940s clothing including a village policeman, an ARP Warden, several in military uniform and a group of child evacuees - complete with their suitcases and name tags tied to their coat buttons.

Two London trolleybuses and 10 vintage cars of various makes from the 1940s were also on display.

On both days, visitors were entertained by performers from Kirkley Kapers Entertainment Troupe and the Loddon Brass Band performed on the Sunday.

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All of the normal rides were in operation including the trams, trolleybuses and narrow gauge railway.

The museum operated a free vintage bus service to and from Beccles and Lowestoft, along with a free park and ride.

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Committee member Tony Grice said: 'This was the museum's first attempt at a 1940s weekend and the events committee who organised it are well pleased with how it went.

'The museum is staffed entirely by volunteers and enough came forward to ensure everything that needed to operate did.

'I think it is safe to say this type of event will be repeated next year.

Volunteer Brian Down, who helps with restoration at the museum, said the weekend was 'a complete success'.

'All of the comments we received were brilliant and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

'A lot of members were doing various things including driving and conducting the vehicles and the entertainment was very good as well.'

The museum would like to thank all those who attended, both exhibitors and visitors, who helped make the weekend a success.

Attention turns now to the 50th Anniversary of the Museum site on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5.

Do you have a heritage story? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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