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.
As you will be aware this event was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We are planning to re-instate some, or all of the activities during the late May Bank Holiday weekend this year.
Middy in the War Years has grown from small beginnings to become one of the largest events in the railway’s calendar and, along with the many visiting displays and vehicles, we are joined by a number of quality re-enactors to help create a great 1940’s atmosphere.
2021 Middy in the War Years we hope to have drill practice with the ‘Home Guard’, military vehicles and maybe even a famous face or two.
There will be music in the 1940s style from the Laxfield Community Choir. We will also have two sets of songs from the 1940s from star vocalist Lisa Day Vintage Vocalist.
N.B. Performers and performance days to be confirmed
We have again applied for a flypast from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (T.B.C., weather permitting).
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.