The sun shone on Sheringham on the first day of the annual Forties Weekend based around the North Norfolk Steam Railway; likewise in Weybourne and Holt. The town was packed with soldiers, sailors and airmen, mainly British and American but one member of The Sheringham Shantymen, singing on Ottendorf Green, was wearing the Swiss Army uniform which his father had worn during WW2.
Pictured are some of the guests who were staying in Whitehall Yard self catering cottages. It’s so nice to see that many of the ladies wore civilian dress and many of the men were dressed as spivs and ‘wide-boys’.
Last evening, and all today, the town has been ringing with the sound of music of the period, ‘big-band’, swing, Andrews Sisters and others. Twice I heard the Dad’s Army song “Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler” drifting across the town from The Sheringham Shantymen.
Tomorrow afternoon we look forward to the final parade through the town of all the participants, led by Winston Churchill, and followed by the parade of military vehicles.