THE Great Central Railway have decided to cancel their popular 1940’s Wartime Weekend at the beginning of June, due to the tragic ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
For this year, organisers of the annual event, have decided to replace the theme to a “far more appropriate” one, given the events which are currently happening out in Ukraine, and Russia’s continuing assault on the country.
Instead the weekend will cover the history of the first fifty years of the Queen’s life, a pageant celebrating Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, they have announced.
As usual, the event will be across all four stations at the railway; Quorn, Rothley, Leicester North and Loughborough, with each station highlighting different periods from the 1920’s up to the 1970’s.
“Like most of us in the UK we are appalled at the atrocities unfolding in the Ukraine and feel that an event depicting wartime would be highly insensitive at this saddening time,” said Michael Gough, Managing Director of the event.
“The opportunity to depict our Queen’s life on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee year feels far more appropriate and it promises to be a truly stunning four days of celebration”
The event starts off on Thursday, June 2 with the Platinum Afternoon Tea attended by various dignitaries followed by The Thursday Night Swing Band.
There will be an old time fun fair for all to enjoy, plus entertainers throughout the four days taking visitors through the songs and music of the time.
Vintage vehicles, fashion shows, demonstrations, flying acrobatics and a ‘Big Band’ dance will be among the highlights of the event as well as re-enactors showcasing fashion from 1920 onwards.
The event runs from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.
Full details of the event will be available soon, at: www.gcrailway.co.uk