'Wartime in the Cotswolds: The show must go on!


  • GWSR runs ‘virtual’ ‘Wartime in the Cotswolds' on Facebook and YouTube instead of the cancelled show this weekend


Winchcombe, 23 April 2020: The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) is, after all, running its highly popular ‘Wartime in the Cotswolds’ this weekend 25th and 26th April - but live on Facebook and YouTube instead!


Several of the entertainers and enactors will be performing LIVE over the weekend including it is hoped, a speech by Sir Winston Churchill.


Sue Harbron, a member of the organising committee and the railway’s Social Media team in true wartime spirit sought to overcome the lockdown difficulties to put on a show to remember.


Performers include the ‘Bluebird Belles’, Jayne Darling and ‘Gillie’ who usually entertains at Gotherington station - all seeking to keep lockdown spirits up!


Graham Radband, the GWSR’s volunteer commercial director commented: “With a good weather forecast we would have expected record numbers to have enjoyed the spectacle of wartime re-enactors, events, vehicles, cameo performances and entertainers to say nothing of the trains steaming through the Cotswold countryside between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway.  


“The team of dedicated volunteers put huge effort into organising what has become one of the most popular annual events on the railway and I’m so glad that their work hasn’t all been in vain.  


“ 'The show must go on' as Churchill might have said, and it will still be a weekend to remember and enjoy from the comfort of your own home!"


You can find out more and watch live here: https://www.facebook.com/wartimeinthecotswolds and watch live on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/c/GloucestershireWarwickshireRailway.


Graham Radband added: "On behalf of the Wartime group, I wish everyone all the best and look forward to seeing you all in person next year, Saturday and Sunday 24th/25th April 2021.


“As Vera Lynn sang: ‘We’ll meet again some sunny day’."




Programme so far - 

11.30am Saturday and Sunday, Boogaloo Babes

2pm Saturday, Beth of the Bluebird Belles

2pm Sunday, Jayne Darling

Also: Videos and some of the team will be introducing themselves too. Sir Winston Churchill is also expected to make an announcement.  Watch out on  https://www.facebook.com/wartimeinthecotswolds for more information and programmed changes or additions!


You can find pictures of last year's event here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k7mql9eoqi2h69z/AADg1TptRVXaP9qr6CJHpXmRa?dl=0


Media information from: Ian Crowder, 07775 566 555 or press.office@gwsr.com