NEWS RELEASE October 2016

Relive the amazing spirit and camaraderie of World War II and enjoy live entertainment at the Sidings Inn at Pickering Station, Saturday 15th October. See Brandyn Shaw, one of the country’s most authentic vintage entertainers and ‘The Hummingbirds’ who will bring style and vintage vocals. Listen to some great music, enjoy a drink and dance with lots of the like-minded music-loving people this Railway in Wartime.

With victory rolls and retro red lips, ‘The Hummingbirds’ will transport you back to the golden era of music. Their vintage vocals will take you back to a time of Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrews Sisters and Glen Miller, to name but a few! Performing classic songs from the 30s and 40s with a modern twist, ‘The Hummingbirds’ deliver beautiful harmonies and exciting musical arrangements.

Entertainment played an important part during the war in keeping everyone happy, hopeful and informed. Keep morale high in Pickering and come and see Brandyn Shaw who will also be recreating and celebrating the glamour, elegance and verve that became the golden era of British dance bands. Brandyn has appeared on the BBC’s Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days, re-enacting one of the greatest crooners of the period - Al Bowlly.

Sidings Inn:
16.00 Ryedale Jazz, a selection of 30s & 40s music
Happy Hour Early Evening Jazz
17.30 Sing and Dance with the Hummingbirds’ wartime glamour
20.15 Brandyn Shaw’s Evening Show

On the 14th, 15th and 16th October each station will be transformed to create a variety of scenarios including child evacuees and a cinema showing films and newsreels from the period at Pickering, Home Guard demonstrations at Goathland, with music and dance entertainment at Grosmont. Levisham will once again be transformed into the German-occupied French village of Le Visham with re-enactment displays and Café Allée du Bois. Wreath-laying ceremonies at Pickering and Grosmont stations will help to underpin a serious message over the weekend.

Pickering Station will be recreating ‘The Sidings’ a wartime street which will include Joan’s wartime hair salon, NAAFI and Sidings Inn, wartime traders and live entertainment including Paul Harper. We are also delighted to announce that Ampleforth College Big Band will be playing a repertoire of music from the 1930s and 1940s Sunday afternoon.

Every Autumn the railway hosts its very popular 1940s wartime weekend, which takes place 14th, 15th and 16th October please visit for the full event itinerary. Tickets and Timetable for Railway and Wartime cost £30 each and pre-booking is essential.

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Notes for editors
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a non-profitable charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering.
• The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway we own from Pickering to Grosmont.
• Operating over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby.
• Provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
• Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages.
• The NYMR is a fully accredited museum.