Pickering Wartime Weekend 2014
PICKERING STEPS BACK IN TIME For The Annual Wartime & 1940s Weekend 2014
A wartime themed spectacular that is the biggest of it's kind anywhere in Europe.
There's lots of information below, but do keep checking here for updates and feel free to post in our forum.
PICKERING WARTIME WEEKEND 2014 will get underway on Friday 10 October this year and will continue through the weekend on the 11th and 12th.
THE ANNUAL Pickering in Wartime Weekend is a spectacular international re-enactment event with participants coming from many parts of the world, making the Pickering Wartime Event the largest of its kind anywhere in Europe.
Along the length of the North Yorkshire Moors heritage railway from Pickering to Whitby, each railway station will hold individual events based on specific wartime themes. At the centre of the events, the historic market town of Pickering will play host to many individual events with local venues such as the Kirk Theatre's very own Pickering Musical Society performing a wartime musical comedy, the Beck Isle Museum will host a special display of wartime vehicles and weapons, the local pubs and clubs will provide live entertainment in a truly 40s style atmosphere.
Just outside of the centre of Pickering the Show-ground will offer a full itinerary of events and entertainment throughout the entire weekend.
Once again this wonderful location will turn back the clocks with the sights and sounds of the 40s for all to enjoy.
Pickering Musical Society are already planning their stage spectacular of musical comedy and singalong, taking place at the Kirk Theatre. A packed audience is expected so do book your tickets as soon as you can. www.pickeringmusicalsociety.co.uk
The pubs and clubs around the town will be entertaining with live music, singalong sessions and dance.
As usual, accommodation will be in high demand and the early bird catches the worm, so we advise having a good look through our accommodation section (linked above), all accommodation listings provide direct links to accommodation providers, so you can avoid agency booking fees & book direct with the owners.
Pickering again will extend a warm welcome to re-enactors and visitors alike over the weekend which is a delight for all to see, hear and smell. It really does take you back to the 40s.
The Beck Isle Museum will provide a location for historical and educational displays both inside the museum and within the grounds where re-enactors will be on hand to talk to people about their exhibits. www.beckislemuseum.org.uk
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway will host events along the line at stations from Pickering to Whitby. www.nymr.co.uk
At Pickering Showground there will be a packed weekend of live entertainment and re-enactments, dances, camping, trade stalls and a park & ride facility - providing shuttle buses from the show ground to the centre of town. www.pickeringshowground.co.uk
Eden Camp Modern History Museum is a real 'must see' for anyone interested in the history or WWII. The museum is 7 miles from Pickering near the junction with the A64 at Malton, visitors are are treated to a unique collection of wartime scenes, exhibits and historical documents. www.edencamp.co.uk
Pickering Wartime Weekend - Shots From the Past
Pickering Wartime Weekend 2012
PICKERING WARTIME WEEKEND 2012 got underway a day early last year with a live musical and comedy show titled: 'White Cliffs of Dover' at Pickering's Kirk Theatre, opening on Thursday night, then followed by three further nights of music and merriment.
The packed audience were treated to a wartime themed production by Maureen Symonds, of Pickering Musical Society, which included a cast of local amateur performers from Pickering and surrounding community. Maureen said "I'm very pleased with this our 13th Wartime show.
"All of the cast and crew have worked very hard, I am very proud of them all and wish to take this opportunity for thank everyone."
FREE Photographic images of Pickering Wartime Weekend 2012
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The two hour long theatre performance featured a number comedy sketches and a singalong of wartime songs, the audience clearly in good spirits were delighted to be taking part.
Kirk Theatre Manager, Luke Arnold, said "Pickering Musical Society has been putting on shows since 1919.
"Our next big production is our annual pantomime 'Dick Whittington' produced by, David Tester from 12th to 20th January 2013.
"If anyone wants to be involved in performing or helping out at the theatre, please get in touch."
On Friday morning the town of Pickering gradually transformed backward through the wormhole of time, like an un-written Faraday chapter, or a scene from 'Dr Who'. Outside the Beck Isle Museum tents were erected, along with a display of WWII weapons and vehicles.
Inside the museum - aptly fitting such title as 'Tardis' - (with the outside of the building giving no clues to the vast collection on display inside), a special display of Bomber Command documents and photographs featuring Wombleton Aerodrome were exhibited, whilst Margaret Jenkinson, gave tutorials to visitors on wartime rationing. The museum, (a must see) for anyone wanting to take a trip down memory lane, or with an interest in the past.
By Saturday the town of Pickering was packed to bursting with thousands of re-enactors wearing wartime costumes. The railway station filled with people ready to take the steam trains along the heritage railway through the North York Moors National Park. Stopping at locations such as Levisham, re-named Le Visham for the weekend, taking on the guise of a French town under German occupation. Where re-enactors put on displays including storm troopers throwing grenades, the highlight being a raid on a building, where the doors were blown off using pyrotechnics to create rather impressive theatrical demonstration.
In Goathland, a wartime spiv was arrested as he re-enacted an attack on a police sergeant with a brick. A more sedate Judi Knight from Kent talked to people about wartime fashion, and the recycling of fabrics to make clothing, using items such as curtains, while Susan Johnson gave demonstrations of washing day equipment, using a tub of soapy water, plus a hand cranked wringer. The wringer, used for squeezing the excess water from the clothes before hanging out the washing line.
This year's 2012 event was bigger than ever, spreading all the way to Whitby, and a promotional display in York. The event was yet another roaring success, both in terms of fun and commercially for local business. Pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants having their best takings all year, often featuring special wartime themed menus and entertainment. At Pickering WMC (Saturday night), entertainers including Paul Harper played to a packed house, where quite literally there was not even standing room left available. Hotels and guest houses were booked up, often a year in advance. People from around the U.K, Europe and beyond travelled to the area to take part in what is now Europe's most successful WWII re-enactment event. People who couldn't find accommodation in Pickering were booking lodgings in the surrounding towns and villages, including as far away as Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington, then commuting or driving into Pickering. Here's to Pickering Wartime Weekend 2013, we'll keep you posted.
Report by: Dave Roberts
15 October 2012.
FREE Photographic Images of Pickering Wartime Weekend 2010
The Pickering Wartime Weekend 2010 took place on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of October 2010. By 2010, we were entirely digital and had migrated to high spec Nikon DSLR equipment.
FREE Photographic Images of Pickering Wartime Weekend 2006
The Pickering Wartime Weekend 2006 took place on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of October 2006. It was the first time we used a digital SLR to shoot the event.
The following images are from our Image Library of 2006. Taken on an Olympus E10 DSLR. One of the earliest Digital SLR cameras, with only a 4.0 megapixel CCD Image Sensor. Prior to this, all our commercial photography had been produced on 35mm SLR cameras. The Olympus was a leap forward, proving that with true 4.0 megapixels, a great quality image could result - certainly good enough for online publications.
We still have one of the earliest of all digital cameras: The Apple Quicktake 100. This camera allowed us to be the first to publish news articles online, way before any newspapers at the time. The camera was first produced in 1994, purchased by us in 1995/96. Capable of storing eight photos at 640x480 resolution, 32 photos at 320x240 resolution, or a mixture of both sizes. It was never good enough to be taken seriously in the world of professional photography. In the early days of digital, I showed the Quicktake to a fellow professional and recall him saying, the 35mm SLR would never be replaced by digital.
FREE Photographic Images of Pickering Wartime Weekend 2001
The Pickering Wartime Weekend 2001 took place on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of October 2001. It was the first time we published images from the event on Pickering Online.
Below is a selection of those images which were originally taken in in colour with a Canon T90 35mm SLR camera. The images have been converted to sepia to give them a feel of the 1940s. This selection of images also includes two of my all time favourite images - from those I have taken of the Pickering Wartime Weekend over the years.
Do let us know if you recognise yourself in the images, tell us what you are doing nowadays and if you still attend the Wartime Weekend events. You can contact us here: Contact Us
2010 Wartime Weekend pictures were First Published: 18 Oct: 2010. All photos by: Dave Roberts
2006 Wartime Weekend pictures were First Published: 14 & 15 Oct: 2006. All photos by: Dave Roberts
2001 Wartime Weekend pictures were First Published: 22 Oct: 2001. All photos by: Dave Roberts
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