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Tramway village set to step back in time for 1940s weekend

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

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CRICH Tramway Village is to be transformed into a scene from 1940s Britain to give visitors a taste of life during the Second World War.

The event, on Saturday and Sunday, will be a living exhibition of everything to do with WW2.

Organisers have promised an authentic experience which will include the sounds of low-flying aircraft, air-raid warnings and the ARP will be nearby to assist with anything bomb related

The Home Guard will also be on hand checking identity cards to ensure there are no spies snooping around and to arrest anyone who is trying to sell black market goods.

An assortment of wartime activities will be on offer for children in the learning centre which will include lessons on how to rag rug, learning about life as an evacuee and a chance to take part in Crich Boot Camp.

A range of vintage trams will be available throughout the event for visitors to use at their leisure, and will be fitted with blackout blinds and anti-blast netting.

There will also be a collection of other period vehicles on display.

Various vintage performers have been invited to play at the event including, George Formby, Kevin Mac, Marina Mae and the D-Day Darlings.

On Saturday evening there will be a live performance from Ashby Big Band "Little Band".

Refreshments are being offered by the onsite Red Lion pub and include a range of drinks and wartime meals.

Visitors are invited to dress for the occasion in exchange for reduced admission and veterans are being offered free entry.

Any re-enactors who want to bring static displays to the event are invited to contact the village at enquiries@tramway.co.uk to discuss any special requirements.

Tickets are on sale at £13 for an adult, £8 for a child and £35 for a family ticket, with a second day discount ticket being offered at £6.

For more information call 01773 854321 or visit www.tramway.co.uk

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