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They came again from far and wide to Wrelton, young and old, fit and injured, in their uniforms and 1940’s attire to enjoy themselves on Friday and Saturday nights.

Wrelton Village Hall was the venue where, by popular demand, Carol Marsh and her team presented their 2012 War Week-End Party Night Shows, again featuring DJ Lynne of Ava Disco with Host Terry, for more nostalgic evenings of authentic music and fun from WW2 Years.

“If they wanted great fun – this was definitely the place to come and £1,300 was raised for Yorkshire Air Ambulance in the process – a cheque for this sum being presented to the charity at the Saturday night show. As usual, both Friday and Saturday night Shows had been complete sell outs within 24 hours of tickets going on sale in early January 2012” says Host Terry Wallis of AvA Disco, “this being the ninth year that we have undertaken these shows now at Wrelton”.

The shows included some original soundtrack reflections of events from those WW2 years, but the main focus this year was party fun based upon the period being late December 1944 in the spirit of that year – including a well received game of Pass the Parcel with a prize of spam !

Says Host Terry: “They danced, sang and clapped to their favourite music of this era which included waltzes, foxtrots, quick-steps, square tango, swing, jitterbug, the valeta, St Bernard Waltz, military two step, cha cha cha, cokey cokey, charlston and barn dance (perhaps the most challenging dance of each evening!) - as well as some surprises as usual thrown in by Carol herself!”

The party spirit of the evening also included some community singing of WW2 songs whilst guests enjoyed the delicious and generous buffet provided by Carol and her team, but also there were some reminders of the horrors of those difficult War Years, narrated by host Terry.

Each evening concluded with the now traditional Finale that included Land of Hope & Glory and the National Anthem after dancing to Vera Lynne’s famous song We’ll Meet Again!

“And they will meet again, as many arrive as strangers and leave as friends with promises to meet at the same place next year – some have been coming back for some nine years now” says Host Terry of AvA Disco!

The annual Pickering War Week-end is organised by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway with its “Railway in Wartime” theme that enables folks to relive the amazing spirit and camaraderie of World War II and enjoy the various re-enactments, entertainment, street parades and vehicle displays along the line at Pickering, Le Visham, Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby stations – new for 2012 was an expansion by NYMR to the Pickering Showground where there were even more attractions.