Derwent Valley Light Railway Society is proud of its associations with York Normandy Veterans. For example, it is delighted that once a year, York Normandy Veterans accept its invitation to  play host to them, with a ride on the train followed by a buffet lunch. In 2016, the event was on Father's Day, 19th June. On that occasion, Ruston Hornsby 88DS, Rowntree No3, was named Ken Cooke, after one of the Veterans who is an ex employee of Rowntree's and all the veterans were given honorary membership of the DVLR Society. More details: Click button: In the picture, R to L: Ken ‘Smudger’ Smith, George ‘Merry’ Meredith, Albert ‘Bert’ Borritt, Ken ‘Cookey’ Cooke, Dennis ‘Hank’ Haydock. Bomb Happy,” York Normandy Veterans’ Play The play, Bomb Happy, was written about the Veterans life- changing experiences of the days during the invasion of Normandy, using the memories of the York Normandy Veterans. The play has ensured completion of their wishes that their experiences would not die with them. In Sept. 2016, Dennis Haydock passed away at the age of 92. In Sept. 2017, George Meredith also passed away, aged 92. Sunday 17th June 2018. Annual Father’s Day visit of York Normandy Veterans. DVLR reserved the observation coach, Sylvia with catering staff and guard. There was a wide selection of sandwiches and cakes and we were pleased that Veterans and their supporters were amazed by the level of service. A comprehensive report is in the Summer 2018 DVLR Society News No. 115. L_R Douglas Petty, Ken Cooke, Bert Barritt and Ken Smith. Pictures from Fathers Day Event at DVLR., courtesy of Jonathan D. Stockwell. York Normandy Veterans  Commemorate VE Day Tuesday 8th May 2018 YouTube video by That’s York TV 21st Jan 2018. Ken Smith at Murton Swapmeet It is always a pleasure to see the York Normandy Veterans at Murton. So we were more than delighted when Ken Smith (92), who needs no introduction to DVLR enthusiasts, arrived at the above event on 21st January 2018, with a BSA fold up bicycle similar to those that were brought ashore from landing craft on D Day. Ken said that most were discarded on the beach as conditions were hardly conducive to riding. He thoroughly enjoyed the event and he attracted a lot of attention.
The 2017 Bomb Happy Yorkshire Tour was 6th October               Helmsley Arts Centre                              7.30pm 13th October            Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond     7.30pm 26th October             Pocklington Arts Centre                         7.30pm 10th November        Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax    7pm 16th November        Junction, Goole                                         2.30pm 24th November        Otley Courthouse, Leeds                        7.30pm
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York Normandy Veterans
Naming locomotive Ken Cooke Naming locomotive Ken Cooke
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In the picture taken on 19 June 2016, York Normandy Veterans (R to L): Ken ‘Smudger’ Smith, George ‘Merry’ Meredith, Albert ‘Bert’ Borritt, Ken ‘Cookey’ Cooke, Dennis ‘Hank’ Haydock. ”Bomb Happy,” York Normandy Veterans’ Play. Derwent Valley Light Railway Society is proud of its associations with York Normandy Veterans and is delighted that once a year, York Normandy Veterans accept its invitation to  play host to them, with a ride on the train followed by a buffet lunch. Last year, the event was on Father's Day 2016, On that occasion, Ruston Hornsby 88DS, Rowntree No3, was named Ken Cooke, after one of the Veterans who is an ex employee of Rowntree's and all the veterans were given honorary membership of the DVLR Society. More details: Click button: Bomb Happy The play, Bomb Happy, was  about the Veterans’ life-changing experiences of the days during the invasion of Normandy, using the memories of the York Normandy Veterans. The play has ensured completion of their wishes that their experiences would not die with them. In Sept. 2016, Dennis Haydock passed away at the age of 92. In Sept. 2017, George Meredith also passed away, aged 92. The 2017 Yorkshire Tour was 6th October               Helmsley Arts Centre                              7.30pm 13th October            Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond     7.30pm 26th October             Pocklington Arts Centre                         7.30pm 10th November        Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax    7pm 16th November        Junction, Goole                                         2.30pm 24th November        Otley Courthouse, Leeds                         7.30pm Sunday 17 June 2018. Annual visit of York Normandy Veterans Pictures from Fathers Day Event at DVLR., courtesy of Jonathan Stockwell. L-R:  Douglas Petty, Ken Cooke, Bert Barritt and Ken Smith. Ken Cooke standing between Tony and Glynnis Frith. York Normandy Veterans Commemorate VE Day Tuesday 8 May 2018 A YouTube video by That’s York TV See Ken Smith at Murton Swapmeet on 21st Jan. 2018. Hear about bicycles on D- Day.  Click >>
York Normandy Veterans
Naming locomotive Ken Cooke Naming locomotive Ken Cooke
Ken Smith at Murton Swapmeet Ken Smith at Murton Swapmeet
Derwent Valley Light Railway ℅ Murton Park, Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
Murton Park Murton Park Murton Park
Derwent Valley Light Railway Society  is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registered number 1161623
Click: Derwent Valley Light Railway on day out with the kids Click: Derwent Valley Light Railway on day out with the kids