Back to the 1940s at Avon Valley

October 07 2016

YOU could be forgiven for thinking that these two photographs were taken during war-time Britain.

YOU could be forgiven for thinking that these two photographs were taken during war-time Britain.

But the nostalgic images were snapped just a few weeks ago at a special 1940s weekend at Avon Valley Railway in Bitton.

The station was transformed with flags and bunting and visitors encouraged to dress up in period costume or allied military dress and soak up the fun atmosphere.

Joining in the fun was 'Sir Winston Churchill' who arrived and departed the railway each day in a military convoy and performed his famous wartime speeches.

Adding a touch of necessary glamour was 40s singer Miss Jayne Darling who kept the 'troops' entertained throughout the weekend.

The two-day extravaganza also boasted a Victory tent with Punch and Judy shows, vintage bus rides, steam trains, a War Department shunting engine “Grumpy” used during the Normandy invasion, a demonstration freight train and a display of military and civilian vehicles.

Ladies could get their hair done 1940s-style at a retro beauty salon and there was also a Fry's chocolate factory display showing how the tasty treat was produced during the war.