'Oh what a lovely war': Popular Ramsbottom war re-enactment success

Allied forces launch an ‘attack’ on a German munitions train at Ramsbottom Station

Washboard Annie, aka Mary Louise Martin, of Clitheroe, with her dauhgter Alice, 11, have their washing closely guarded by Mark Downes, Colin Mann and Siggie Williams, of the North West Military Collectors group

Rob and Eileen Waterworth arrive in their German Kubel Wagen at Ramsbottom Station and (right) Allied and German soldiers on the platform for a re-enactment

Soldiers have a meeting

First published in News

NEVER mind the latest retro and vintage crazes - East Lancashire Railway has been getting into the swing with its 40s-themed weekends for years.

And their ‘Sing As You Go’ spectacular, which turned stations at Rawtenstall and Ramsbottom into small-but-perfectly-formed parade grounds, was no exception.

Battle re-enactors rubbed shoulders with ENSA-style entertainers to give the crowds a ‘roaring’ good time.

One of the key attractions at Ramsbottom was a replica Spitfire plane, brought to the town by donations from traders, alongside a display of military and vintage vehicles.

The Greater Manchester Army Cadet Forces Pipe and Drum Band also led a military parade through the town centre.

And there was a ‘front line’ battle re-enactment in and around Rawtenstall station. This was counter-balanced by the more genteel vintage afternoon teas on offer in specialist dining carriages.

Today there will be a 40s-style prom concert at St Paul’s Church, in Bridge Street, from 2pm, with Katie Mustang entertaining visitors in Ramsbottom, and Maria Manchester at Rawtenstall.

At Bury’s Bolton Street station, there was also a World War One commemorative stand and an exhibition of World War Two paintings.

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3:04pm Mon 26 May 14

Samcro1882 says...

Grown men playing at WW2 battles, some dressed as German soldiers? All this at a steam railway society and meant to be a 'Family Event'.
What a sick joke.
Time to grow up boys.
Grown men playing at WW2 battles, some dressed as German soldiers? All this at a steam railway society and meant to be a 'Family Event'. What a sick joke. Time to grow up boys. Samcro1882
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4:34pm Mon 26 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Sealed Knot Society, let’s see you try and do this one:
Luton Town – Millwall, nineteen eighty-five

Uffington Wassail. Half Man Half Biscuit
Sealed Knot Society, let’s see you try and do this one: Luton Town – Millwall, nineteen eighty-five Uffington Wassail. Half Man Half Biscuit Chris P Bacon
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8:22pm Mon 26 May 14

Noiticer says...

Time to move on and think of something better than these old cliches
Time to move on and think of something better than these old cliches Noiticer
  • Score: 1

9:34pm Mon 26 May 14

Copperhead says...

What numpty wrote the caption for the picture at the head of this article ?
Those " soldiers " are NOT Allied troops - they are Wehrmacht Panzergrenadiers, although they are using an American anti-tank Bazooka and not a Wehrmacht equivalent, the Panzerfaust.
And may I just use this opportunity to comment on the ban on recreationists wearing any kind of " Nazi " uniform or regalia.
At this event, some people have arrived wearing SS uniforms.
This has been banned and they are not welcomed anymore.
Why ????????
Are they not recreating events and actions from WW2 ?
So who the hell were my father's generation fighting ??????
The Wehrmacht ( regular German Army ) were directed and controlled by their High Command, like all armies, and in the case of Germany during WW2 this meant the ruling Nazi Party. The SS was the creation of the Nazi state - and this included the Waffen-SS ( the Armed- or Fighting-SS ) which was their military arm. Nearly 3,200,000 personnel served in the Waffen-SS during WW2 and this included some 1,300,000 volunteers who were NOT German but chose to ally themselves with the Germans against Joseph Stalin and his
Russian hordes, who they considered the real enemies of European civilisation.
Like all wars - you pick sides and fight for what you believe in.
So to prevent recreationists from wearing SS uniform is to deny this organisation ever existed. And to deny the existence of such an organisation is to hide the truth of history.
Why hide it ?
It happened and millions died fighting fascism.
If children see these recreationists, and there are no Nazi uniforms visible, how will they know what their ancestors were fighting ????
I don't understand the ban - future generations have to know what happened and to know it they have to SEE it.
It may be unsavoury and distasteful to see the Swastika and the SS Death's Head on display, but you should never hide the truth or deny the reality of history.
What numpty wrote the caption for the picture at the head of this article ? Those " soldiers " are NOT Allied troops - they are Wehrmacht Panzergrenadiers, although they are using an American anti-tank Bazooka and not a Wehrmacht equivalent, the Panzerfaust. And may I just use this opportunity to comment on the ban on recreationists wearing any kind of " Nazi " uniform or regalia. At this event, some people have arrived wearing SS uniforms. This has been banned and they are not welcomed anymore. Why ???????? Are they not recreating events and actions from WW2 ? So who the hell were my father's generation fighting ?????? The Wehrmacht ( regular German Army ) were directed and controlled by their High Command, like all armies, and in the case of Germany during WW2 this meant the ruling Nazi Party. The SS was the creation of the Nazi state - and this included the Waffen-SS ( the Armed- or Fighting-SS ) which was their military arm. Nearly 3,200,000 personnel served in the Waffen-SS during WW2 and this included some 1,300,000 volunteers who were NOT German but chose to ally themselves with the Germans against Joseph Stalin and his Russian hordes, who they considered the real enemies of European civilisation. Like all wars - you pick sides and fight for what you believe in. So to prevent recreationists from wearing SS uniform is to deny this organisation ever existed. And to deny the existence of such an organisation is to hide the truth of history. Why hide it ? It happened and millions died fighting fascism. If children see these recreationists, and there are no Nazi uniforms visible, how will they know what their ancestors were fighting ???? I don't understand the ban - future generations have to know what happened and to know it they have to SEE it. It may be unsavoury and distasteful to see the Swastika and the SS Death's Head on display, but you should never hide the truth or deny the reality of history. Copperhead
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12:51am Tue 27 May 14

her from here says...

Just tell them the truth. war is not a game the Nazi's never invaded. Ramsbottom. Teach them about the Death Camps the Battles where thousands died . were injured. or lived their lives with limbs missing
Just tell them the truth. war is not a game the Nazi's never invaded. Ramsbottom. Teach them about the Death Camps the Battles where thousands died . were injured. or lived their lives with limbs missing her from here
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