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Monday, 20 June 2016

The play standing at Platform Two relives teenage battlefield moments

The North Yorkshire Moors heritage railway is working with York Normandy Veterans and Everwitch Theatre to create a verbatim play as part of the annual Railway in Wartime event.

Based on first hand experiences of D-Day and the battles to liberate France by the last five Bomb Happy will be performed each evening on 12, 13 and 14 October at Pickering Station, Platform Two, in a 1930’s railway carriage.

This production draws on the memories of teenage conscripts involved in the Normandy Landings.

Among them was George Meredith, who volunteered at the railway for ten years restoring wagons, and who this month received the Legion D’Honneur for his bravery presented by senior personnel of the French Armed Forces.

George, who was only sixteen years old when he signed up for the army, said: “My friends who were eighteen went and signed up, and I didn’t want to be left behind. We wanted to fight for our country.

The York Normandy Veterans are all getting older – there are only five of us left now. So it’s important to us that this project happens so that younger generations will know about our experiences.”

Railway general manager Chris Price said “The play is of vital importance as it documents what a great contribution the Normandy veterans have made to all our lives. The play uses the actual words of the veterans thus giving first-hand accounts of D-Day and battles in France, Belgium and Holland”.

Further information: www.nymr.co.uk/wartime

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