Avon Valley Railway gets into street party spirit with VE day celebration

Published on: 02 Oct 2015

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A very special visitor was escorted by a parade of military vehicles from Keynsham to Avon Valley Railway as the attraction turned back the clock to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a weekend of 1940s-themed fun.

Wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was among the characters enjoying the fun at Bitton Station helping to recreate the street party spirit that marked the end of the Second World War.

The Fry Club car park was once again used as a “park and ride” for the annual event, with visitors hopping on board vintage buses to be transported from Keynsham to Bitton.

Among the bunting and flags of the Victory Tent on the platform, singer Miss Jayne Darling performed classic tunes from the period, while beauty salon She Unique brought more glamour to the occasion by offering 1940s-style makeovers.

Alongside the attraction’s steam and diesel trains, which were busy taking passengers along the restored track to celebrate the role the railways played in the war effort, there were also displays of military and vintage vehicles, an exhibition on chocolate-making at Fry’s during the war and a chance to see the Fry’s Sentinel shunter locomotive, which was used at the factory and is undergoing restoration.

Organisers said the turnout had been excellent over the two days on September 26 and 27, with many people coming dressed up for the day, and plans are already under way for next year’s event. Find out more about Avon Valley Railway and forthcoming events at www.avonvalleyrailway.org

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