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.
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.
The 2020 Middy in the War Years will be a three day event for the first time, as Friday the 8th May is the 75th celebration of VE Day and the bank holiday weekend has been moved and extended to take this anniversary into account. 2020 Middy in the War Years will include dress parades with uniforms and fashions of the day, drill practice with the ‘Home Guard’, military vehicles and maybe even a famous face or two.
On Friday 8th there will be music in the 1940s style from the Laxfield Community Choir and the children from Wetheringsett School will also be performing and, in line with the national tribute a bugler will be sounding the ‘Last Post’ at 14.55.Saturday 9th continues with the Vintage DJ playing and dancers performing to music of the period, then on Sunday 10th we will have two sets of songs from the 1940s from star vocalist Lisa Day and sessions from the 9-piece Skyliners Orchestra.
We have again applied for a flypast from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (T.B.A., 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.