THE Watercress Line will be transformed into a bustling Second World War railway next month for its annual War on the Line event, which this year will also mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The event, on June 15-16, promises to transport visitors back in time to the 1940s to experience the ‘Blitz Spirit’, and will feature civilian and military re-enactors, vintage vehicles, live music, dancing and stalls selling retro wares.

Each station will provide visitors with a different experience of life in wartime Britain, from running a Royal Air Force plotting room, to dancing alongside Now That’s Jive Company B.

At Ropley station, visitors will also be able to under go a 1940s makeover at Pearl’s Pin-up Parlour and enjoy a Spitfire flypast, subject to weather conditions.

Woodies Mountford, marketing manager at the Watercress Line, said: “War on the Line is as much about reliving this period as it is enjoying the rush of a steam engine.

“Whether you want to get involved and dress up in your own period costume, or simply come along and soak up the atmosphere, War on the Line promises to be a truly unique and memorable experience – and a brilliant way to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.”

Adding to the event, a self-guided walk will take visitors to key points across Alresford which have links to the American troops who were stationed in the town in the run up to D-Day.

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