2020 event has been cancelled
About VE Day
The news of Germany’s surrender, although long expected, was an occasion of wild rejoicing. In Britain, years of drabness and belt-tightening were forgotten as an entire nation took to the streets.
On the 8 May 1945, at 3pm the Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the nation, the radio broadcast being relayed to people in the streets via loudspeakers. Although Japan was still to be conquered, he said, the war in Europe would end at midnight.
Massed in front of Buckingham Palace, the crowds began to chant: ‘We want the King! We want the King!’ The royal family appeared on the balcony to roars from the crowd. Hundreds of thousands of people began to celebrate.
Friday 8 May 2020
Peak Rail are joining in celebrating this day with Matlock Town Council (In the Hall Leys Park) and Darley Dale Town Council (Whitworth Park), various events by both councils will be held from 1pm onwards.
Peak Rail will be operating steam trains from Rowsley South Station to Matlock Platform 2 with plenty of free car parking for over 200 cars. A convoy of military vehicles will leave Rowsley South Station en route to Hall Leys Park throughout the day. SO WHY NOT LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU TO DARLEY DALE OR MATLOCK TO ENJOY THE CELEBRATIONS.
Saturday 9 May & Sunday 10th May 2020
Join us for a weekend of exhilarating battle re-enactments based on the final days of the 3rd Reich.
Encounter Allied, German and Home front re-enactors in fox holes, trench system and allied encampments. A variety of period vehicles, authentic equipment, 1940’s music with Dapper Dan, Kyle Evans performing as George Formby, Punch and Judy, together with children’s games of the era. Various 1940’s themed stalls
Re-enactors/vehicles participating included the following:
- 83rd Infantry Living History Group
- 82nd Airborne 505th
- 82nd Airborne 504th
- American 3rd Armoured re-enactment
- Jump 44
- Soviet 2nd Guards
- French Resistance
- Panzer 21
- Kampfgruppe Beer
- U S Rangers
- Land Army
- U S Hellcat Tank and 155mm Howitzer
- U S Halftracks
Friday 8th May – Special timetable and Normal Fares
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th May – Normal timetable and Special Ticket prices TBA
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