Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Uniform Approach to 1940s Festival after 'Nazis' Outcry ; Move Follows Outrage over Last Year's Costumes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Uniform Approach to 1940s Festival after 'Nazis' Outcry ; Move Follows Outrage over Last Year's Costumes

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STRICT new policies have been introduced at a wartime festival after military enthusiasts sparked fury by wearing Nazi uniforms.

The three-day 1940s Wartime Weekend event, now in its 15th year, is held at stations along the route of the East Lancashire Railway.

Music, dance, fashion and a huge parade is on the bill over Bank Holiday weekend.

Highlights include planned Spitfire and Hurricane fly-pasts and a battle re-enactment at Ramsbottom station.

Last year military re-enactors were photographed wearing symbols worn by the SS, the Nazi organisation responsible for many atrocities during the Second World War.

One man was pictured dressed as Hermann Goering, head of the Luftwaffe and founder of the Gestapo.

Now bosses at the heritage railway have moved to ban the wearing of certain types of German uniform. It follows meetings with the police and members of the Jewish community. No one will be allowed entry to any event wearing or displaying the Tokenkoph (death's head) symbol or the swastika. …

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