National Tramway Museum Offers FREE Entry to Armed Forces Personnel at August 1940s Weekend

Crich Tramway Village – Home of the National Tramway Museum announces that it will be offering FREE entry to serving British Armed Forces personnel and their partners at its 1940s Weekend on 14th and 15th August this year.

The weekend event is one of the biggest in the calendar at Crich and this year will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Visitors will be able to see an RAF base, replica Spitfire and by kind permission of the Battle of Britain Historical Society, the tram shelter at Wakebridge will be turned into a memorial displaying a Roll of Honour of the 2,936 British and Allied airmen who took part in the Battle of Britain between 10th July and 31st October 1940. There will also be a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Saturday 14th August.

One of the event organisers Doug Kightley said “We are honoured to be able to show our support to our Armed Forces personnel by offering free entry to them and their partner at the 1940s Weekend on production of an identity card. The event is just like stepping through a time portal back to the 1940s. It will be as historically authentic, with plenty of entertainment throughout the day to appeal to all the family. Children in particular will be fascinated to see this picture of life in wartime Britain.”

Expect air-raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft. Beware the spivs selling black market goods and watch out for unexploded bombs. Visitors must always be ready to show their identity card or risk being arrested as a spy! Wartime songs will be belted out by an authentic E.N.S.A. concert party throughout the weekend. The Red Lion public house and Rita’s Tea Rooms will be serving food and drink.

The National Tramway Museum
Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP
Telephone: 01773 854 321
Fax: 01773 854 320

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