As the nation prepares to commemorate VE Day, East Lancashire Railway is marking the occasion by sharing a gallery of images from its previous annual 1940’s events. 

Before the lockdown, the entire railway would travel back in time, with visitors coming from across the country for a weekend of historical events and re-enactments that span the length of the 12 mile line and its stations. 

Highlights that will be missed by fans this year include; battle reenactments, a flypast by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, vintage stalls, live music, dance classes, tank displays and classic cars from the wartime period. 

You can view the full gallery of images here

The cherished heritage attraction in Bury is unable to commemorate the anniversary in this momentous year, after operations came to a halt in March as the Coronavirus restrictions forced it to close its doors. 

The railway – a registered charity – has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to raise the £200,000 needed to ensure it can survive the closure. 

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