THIS weekend Bury marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. And to celebrate the milestone, a popular attraction is sharing memories of its annual Second World War commemoration.

Each year the entire East Lancashire Railway (ELR) takes a step back through time for its beloved 1940s Weekend.

Over the three days the 12-mile line is transformed in to a living wartime museum, complete with hundreds of re-enactors dressed in period uniforms and clothing.

Thousands flock to see these spectacular events and attractions, include battle re-enactments, a flypast by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, vintage stalls, live music, dancing, tank displays, period vehicles, and of course some incredible steam engines.

Sadly, the event has been forced to cancel on this momentous year, due to the coronavirus lockdown.

To mark the anniversary, however, the heritage attraction has shared a colourful gallery showcasing highlights from previous years.

The ongoing Covid-19 restrictions have also meant that the ELR has had to cease operations, and is facing a struggle for its survival.

In order to secure its future, the railway has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to raise the £200,000 of much needed funds.

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