Middy in the War Years
Britain’s railways played a major role in the war effort and the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway was no different, coming into its own after 1942 when the USAAF moved into the airfields at Mendlesham and Horham. The Middy had never been so busy and never would be again after the war ended, so this event is our tribute to those who served to preserve freedom both at home and overseas in those dark years between 1939 and 1945. Along with the many visiting displays and vehicles, many reenactors that help create a great 1940’s atmosphere for you to enjoy. We of course welcome back the “Civil Defenders” reenactment group featuring the Home Guard, and they’ll be providing some great entertainment across the weekend alongside the US 2nd Armored Division who will be expanding their display this year to include lots of bangs and entertainment. We will be joined once again by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who will be providing us a Dakota on 2nd May (weather and serviceability permitting). The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway tea room will be open for refreshments along with the real ale coach, and dogs are very welcome. Tickets are purchased on the gate. £10 for adults, £8 for concessions, £5 for children and £25 for families. For more information please visit the dedicated event website at www.middyatwar.co.uk Restrictions on attire: Please read! Naturally we want all our visitors to have a great day out, so there are restrictions on the wearing of uniforms and insignia that might be likely to cause controversy and upset to our visitors. Following the guidelines outlined by the Heritage Railway Association, the Middy will not permit access to visitors or re-enactors who are attired as Schutzstaffel staff, Allgemeine SS forces, Waffen-SS or who wear any uniform or clothing displaying the Totenkopf (Deaths’ Head) symbol, red armbands emblazoned with the swastika or any other overt Nazi insignia.
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