June 17, 2014
Forest residents and visitors will be able to step back in time when the Lymington-Brockenhurst Community Rail Partnership commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
A range of 1940s themed stalls and attractions have been organised at Lymington railway station, Berthon Marina (Lymington), Brockenhurst station and Brockenhurst village on Saturday 21 June from 10am to 4pm. A blessing will take place at 10am at both Lymington station and Brockenhurst war memorial, and there will be an Essex Regiment Plaque unveiling ceremony at 3pm at Lymington Town Quay.
Attractions include a display of 1940s vehicles, jeeps and NAAFI wagon; restored D-Day crafts HMS Medusa and Pilot Rescue Launch 441; free open top bus rides; a dig for victory flower display; New Forest remembers history boards; station display of wartime propaganda; children’s entertainment; vintage sweet shop and fair rides; Brockenhurst history trails, and Lymington history walks. There will also be music from Lymington Band, the LadyZING Choir, Forces sweetheart soloist Ali Smith and the Marchwood Military Wives Choir, as well as vintage, local produce and refreshment stalls.
Berthon will be welcoming HMS MEDUSA Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML) 1387, the last surviving vessel to have been on Omaha beach on D Day. Visitors are able to experience at first hand what life was like on board a small vessel travelling to D Day and her speed, grace and power evoke strong memories, particularly for those who served in the Coastal Defence Force.
Community Rail Partnership Chair, Kerry Jackson, said: “We’re looking forward to commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and invite the local community to join us. Local and rural railway lines make a real difference to the lives of the communities that rely on them, and I’m pleased that we are able to connect more closely with the people we serve through the work of the Community Rail Partnership and events such as this.”
Phil Dominey, Stakeholder Manager for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, added: “This is an important event for our local communities and South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, and we very much look forward to being a part of it.”
The Community Rail Partnership comprises South West Trains, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, New Forest National Park Authority, Brockenhurst Parish Council, Town Team in Lymington and Wightlink. The partnership has received funding from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships and a grant from the New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Communities Fund to support the event.
To find out more about the Lymington-Brockenhurst Community Rail Partnership visit www.lymington-brockenhurstcrp.co.uk