September brought the hugely popular “1940’s Weekend” to Sheringham with civil and military vehicles, music , food, steam hauled trains and visitors encouraged to dress up in styles from the period to be “transported back in time”.
A glimpse of the reality behind this picture was provided when professional Norfolk historian Neil Storey presented his talk on “North Norfolk at War” at the Sheringham Little Theatre. With the declaration of war 80 years ago on 3/09/39, only 21 years after the previous “war to end all wars”, Neil discussed how Sheringham and North Norfolk were transformed into a fortified barrier to resist probable Nazi invasion. The effects locally of call-ups, rationing, establishment of Home Guard units and the ever present gas masks were covered.