Weardale Railway Trust supporting Armed Forces Day

A CHARITY day featuring wartime nostalgia has been organised to mark Armed Forces Day.It is being held at Blackhall Farm at Harperley Hall, near Crook on June 29.


There will be stalls, entertainment, a play area, afternoon teas, a militaria exhibition, attendance of military personnel, tombola, raffle, veterans and veterans’ charities. The Royal Museum at the farm will also be open and films with a military flavour will be shown.

People can go along and see the Women of Windlestone, a film about female German POWS as well as a local film from 1939 showing the Home Guard from Wolsingham.

Organiser Anita Atkinson said: “The reason behind the event s so that military and ex-military people have somewhere free to access, but, of course, if it free to everyone and I can raise money for military charities like the Royal British Legion.


“We will have lots of stalls and exhibitions. Weardale Railway will have an exhibition as the railway was very important during the war.

“The Fire Brigade cadets will be coming from Crook and so will the Air Cadets from Bishop Auckland. “There will be lots for the kids to do such as crafts and play activities.“They will be able to go outside and see all of the original military vehicles.”


The day time event, where afternoon tea will be served, starts at 11am, but the goes into the evening with live music from the era. Ms Atkinson added: “There are all kinds of things going on. “We want people to come along and enjoy themselves.”