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Middy in the War Years

Bank Holiday weekend, 6th and 7th May, will see two days recreating the atmosphere and scenes of World War II at The Mid Suffolk Light Railway with two days of living history.

Featuring wartime displays, reenactment demonstrations and military vehicles, including a Sherman Tank, this year’s event will see an expanded range of displays for visitors to enjoy such as military encampments, battle scenes as well as a number of displays dedicated to how people lived their lives on the home front. There will also be music and dancing from the Brown Penny Club swing dancers.

This year also welcomes back the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who will be providing the event with a Hurricane Flypast on Sunday 6th May (weather permitting).

As well as unlimited rides on trains with two locos in steam, there are refreshments available from the well-stocked tea room and real ale bar. For more details about this event, prices and directions, please visit the Middy website at www.mslr.org.uk

Railways played an important role in wartime Britain, and the ‘Middy’ was no exception as it not only served local communities but two local American air bases with supplies and munitions. WWII was one of the few periods in its history when the Middy actually paid its way.

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