The Broadway area group set up a stand at Toddington during this famous festival, and your blogger and his wife manned it on the Sunday. The weather was kind, even warm on the Sunday afternoon, and there was plenty of opportunity to mooch around and hunt for some interesting snapshots. It was really amazing how many people managed 1940s dress, all very authentic and with plenty of atmosphere. Here are some impressions of the day:
|Passengers at Toddington|
|A burger, quick, before setting off in the Lanc for Hamburg|
|Wait, these look familiar... Bob and Sue, Broadway and CRC2 stalwarts|
2807 glides through the station as 1940 passengers exchange a few last words.
|4270 sets off for the Cotswolds. What a view ! We are very lucky here.|
A Lewis gun overlooks 4270, about to leave with a train for the south.
Then a sudden roar - everyone ran outside to look up:
We also met some interesting people - a lady booking clerk, who used to work at Winchcombe, Toddington and - Broadway. She lived in a caravan at Childswickham, and remembered Tilley lamps used to light the station. A Mr. Breeze was the stationmaster at Toddington, sometime before 1953.
We were pleased to chat to Chris Smith from the loco dept. He was a former BR fireman who used to work with Brian Parsons at Worcester. He knew John Diston, who took the famous photograph of The Cornishman heading south through Broadway, with the pigeon baskets on the left. Chris explained that he often helped release these pigeons, and that the baskets in the picture were empty, and being sent back to Birmingham.
The uniforms and 1940s clothing were most impressive.
'Is that your tank out there, Lt Gruber?' ' Yes, I have just given it a little polish'
At the end of the day, this convoy of tank and heavy US Army lorries crawled out of Toddington yard. It was an impressive sight, and the sound of the aero engine not quickly forgotten.
We watched 4270 leave one last time, and headed home. A great day, well organised and fun. Well done all!