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Isle of Man turns back clock to recreate Home Front

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  • by Jackie Turley
 

The island was taken back to the Second World War at the weekend with the second Isle of Man Railways’ Island at War event.

The action started at Douglas railway station, which was turned into a military outpost with help from the Isle of Man Home Guard Re-Enactment Society.

Passengers, many dressed up in 1940s outfits and all with ID papers, then travelled to a number of wartime attractions taking place from Castletown to Cregneash.

Port Erin railway station marked the start of an Internee Trail which included the Erin Arts Centre, where there were displays of memorabilia including children’s 1940s games, vintage vehicles, Second World War weapons and a re-enactment of a field hospital.

There was free entertainment from the D-Day Darlings, a trio who celebrate music of the period, at both Douglas and Port Erin stations.

They also performed as part of the Evening at War event on Saturday evening, which saw guests taken to a ‘secret location’ for music and entertainment.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Land Army was in action at Cregneash.

Visitors could also join a wartime tea dance lesson in the Church Farm Barn.

 

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