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1940s Weekend on the K&ESR

May 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Saturday 19th May I attended another 1940's event and this one was held on the K&ESR (Kent and East Sussex Railway). The event was held at two of its stations Tenterden and Bodiam.

The weather forecast for the Saturday was to be nice and they weren't wrong as by the afternoon there were no clouds in the sky and it was such a warm day, the ice cream vendor was doing a good trade.

I arrived at Tenterden station just before the event started and was greeted by some friendly re-enactors who directed us to the car park. It was then a short walk from the car to the station passing some World War 2 Jeeps, and some other vehicles which were set up just outside the station and the booking office.

My tickets for the day were pre-booked so getting into the station wasn't a problem. Once inside the station, you were greeted with Military vehicles, stalls which sold 1940's clothes and memorabilia, refreshment stalls, the toilet block and finally a marquee tent which housed the stage for the live entertainment.

The entertainment throughout the day at Tenterden was provided by My Favourite Things and the Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers, with speeches from Winston Churchill who also gave visitors photo opportunities 

The crowds were also entertained by Viv the Spiv, ARP display, Royal Logistics Corps and a flypast by a Spitfire.

With the day in full swing, it was time to take one of the steam trains up the line to Bodiam to see what was happening there. The ride took just under an hour and was greeted by more re-enactors on the platform.

This station didn't have as much as Tenterden, but still offered people some live entertainment from Adam Hoffman and Miss Holiday Swing. You also had Land Army Display, Royal Navy Commando Beachhead Display, Desert Rats Encampment, some more Military vehicles and refreshment stall. 

Sadly I didn't spend long at this station and made my return to Tenterden as I wanted to watch the Spitfire fly over as I was told you had a better view from Tenterden. Sadly the flyover for me was disappointing as it seemed to mainly fly over a field which backed onto the car park, rather than over the station. It also flew away, moments later to return to do a few maneuvers which I couldn't really see due to being back on the station and my view blocked by trees and a building.

Overall I had a good day, and this is another 1940's event I can add to my list. There were a few things that did spoil the day which was the fault of two K&ESR staff. 

You can view all the photos I took on the day by visiting my gallery by clicking here.

Also below is a short video from the day on my events You Tube channel:



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