Middy in the War Years 8th and 10th May 2020

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 were joined by a number of quality re-enactors to help create a great 1940’s atmosphere.

This year’s event included dress parades with uniforms and fashions of the day, drill practice with the ‘Home Guard’ and music in the 1940s style jazz with Bernie Westren’s Wednesday Men. 

We also saw a  flypast from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Spitfire on Sunday 5th May.

Information on next year’s Middy in the War Years will be published as soon as plans are available.

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.

If you have a 40’s/WW2 era vehicle or memorabilia you would like to bring it is vital we know you are coming as space is restricted, but we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact events@mslr.org.uk for a Registration Form. While we try to be flexible, priority will be given to those who have booked in advance, also please note that post WW2 era vehicles will not be permitted in the display area. 

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