10th/11th/12th October 2014

Well it’s been Wartime Weekend and it has gone off with a bang! Wonderful Wombling weather, lots of visitors and excellent displays to keep everyone entertained.
This year our German re-enactors provided a defensive position, supported by Thor, the armoured artillery wagon; a lookout tower behind the Down platform; a large field hospital next to the level crossing; plus the usual road control point and traffic management officers. In our station yard there was the Café Alle du Bois which served hot and cold French style food and a real ale bar. Inside the marquee the diners were entertained with French music and Luna Nightingale, an excellent live singer. Both Weighbridge Teas and the Tea Hut were in full operation and we nearly ran out of ice cream, the weather being so good! We certainly had to order more supplies over the weekend and our sandwich makers were kept busy for 2 days solid!
We were visited by several thousand passengers, all of whom seemed to enjoy themselves, indeed those we spoke to said they had an excellent time.
Each hour there was defensive fire provided by soldiers and Thor against Partisan attack (we never saw them, just their effects). The medical team were kept busy dealing with the casualties, with one poor soldier not making it through the operation – three times a day!
In addition to the 50 odd German Re-enactors, there were 30 odd Wombles and you don’t get much odder than us! We were supported by the railways Catering Team plus one or two out of the railway’s Head Office in Pickering, giving a total staff resource of 100. It’s a large team effort but the rewards speak for themselves (we broke the previous catering record for here) and, even better, we all enjoyed it as well!!
Saturday night was the annual Womble and German dinner and disco in the marquee. Our resident chef, from Scotland (MacWomble), gave us an excellent 3 course dinner, for 70 people, all cooked in our small kitchen. As usual, a place setting was left vacant to honour the ‘Fallen soldier’ and after the meal a toast was raised by the German Officer to remember the fallen from all conflicts. Following this a disco kept everyone busy through to the early hours.
All we have to do now is make next years event even better…. plans are already afoot…..!

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