“Clover Sisters” are Big Hit at 1940’s Weekend
Passengers arriving at New Romney Station on 14 & 15 May were transported back to the 1940’s. There was an American services party going on
with war period dancing and singing performed by the USO Lindy Hoppers and the amazing Clover Sisters. Platform One was being used as a dance hall and there were American uniforms everywhere.
The whole of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway was featuring wartime activities. At Hythe there was a display of armoured and war related vintage vehicles. The Home Guard were in evidence in Dymchurch and there was a Military Display at Dungeness.
The centre of activities were at New Romney where there was an
RHDR exhibition and Mini-Cinema, air raid shelter, Model Railway exhibition,
Military Vehicles Display and the arrival of the RHDR Replica Armoured Train, that patrolled the line in the War years ready to mop up any Germans who invaded. With the Lindy Hoppers and Clover Sisters it was all non stop action.
To complete the perfect day an American Mustang sporting RAF markings ‘buzzed’ the length of the line in a clear blue 1940’s sky bringing
back memories, to the few of us left old enough to remember, of wartime dog-fights that raged in the skies over Kent.
The Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway played it’s part in the 1940’s,
besides the armoured train, much of the material needed for operation
PLUTO (Pipe-line under the ocean) was carried on the narrow gauge
railway from New Romney to Dungeness.
From the June 2011 Issue of ” Hythe & Romney Life”
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