PHOTOS: Papplewick Pumping Station 1940s event

Visitors to Papplewick’s historic Pumping Station were whisked back in time to the war years during a spectacular 1940s event at the weekend.

Featuring military and civilian displays from the Second World War period, members of the public were treated to reenactments of Land Army camps and even battles around the Pumping Station pond.

1940's Day at Papplewick Pumping Station

1940's Day at Papplewick Pumping Station

The event has been running for seven years and has become such a success that nearly 2,000 people came visited - the highest attendance yet.

Vintage vehicles could be seen driving around the site and the authentic costumes of the re-enactors - some of whom had travelled hundreds of miles to take part - made it feel like visitors had really stepped back in time.

The Victorian water pumping station was also in steam, again showcasing the engineering genius of the famous James Watt and Co that built it.

Museum director Ashley Smart said: “We had 1,935 visitors attend over the two days, which is the highest number for this event, and we were very fortunate with the weather which really helped make the weekend go well.

“Many of the re-enactors came from long distances to attend which shows how popular our 1940s event has become.

“The battle around the Cooling Pond was as popular as ever and at the end the re-enactors received a rousing applause from the visitors.

“The Church parade on the Sunday morning was also popular and well-attended by veterans of the Second World War.

“I am very grateful for everyone that attended and made this our best 1940s steam event in the seven years we have been running them. We hope for more of the same next year!”