Step back to the 1940s as big band entertainment returns to heritage railway

Big band entertainment is journeying its way back to Severn Valley Railway despite a reduced passenger list.

Hattie Bee
Hattie Bee

The popular open air evening shows are returning as part of the attraction's Step Back to the 1940s weekends this summer.

Dates are set for the Bridgnorth to Kidderminster heritage railway’s Kidderminster Town station on June 26 and July 3 at 7.30pm.

Dancers at the attraction. Photo: Ken Witherow

The heritage railway said the event's capacity has been reduced and that in line with government guidance guests will be allocated a bay of socially-distanced seating.

The shows will take place outdoors and guests will not need to wear face coverings when seated, but they must be worn at all other times.

There will be performances by Kalamazoo Dance Band and singer Hattie Bee.

The evening will end with a simulated air raid.

Simulated air raid

Severn Valley Railway events manager Lewis Maddox said: “We’re so pleased that we’re able to put on this superb event this year and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to Kidderminster for an evening of 1940s-style entertainment.

"The Kalamazoo Dance Band are arguably the most popular 1940s big band on the circuit, and together with returning star Hattie Bee and other special guests, they’re guaranteed to get everyone ‘in the mood’.”

Tickets are available from www.svr.co.uk at £30 for two, or £60 for a party of four.

Visitors are advised to wear warm and waterproof clothing.

Day tickets for the weekends on June 26 and 27, and July 3 and 4 are also available.

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