THE Barry at War Weekend in Barry Island railway station over the weekend of the August 17 and 18 proved to be a roaring success.

The event organized by the Barry War Museum Group and the Barry Tourist Railway attracted many hundreds of people, who enjoyed seeing the many displays telling the important role Barry played in the two World Wars.

Displays included WWII military vehicles, equipment plus volunteers dressed in authentic 1940’s uniforms and civilian clothes.

Two highlights of the event were the amazing wartime sing-along sessions, to which many visitors joined in, singing familiar songs by Vera Lynn and George Formby, plus the superb Fashion on the Ration presentations excellently illustrated with real life models showing how people tried to maintain style and stay fashionable in wartime.

Managing patron of the Barry War Museum and director of the Barry Tourist Railway, John Buxton said: "This fantastic event brought the town of Barry’s history to life!

"It was far more than just a collection of 1940’s artifacts – the brilliant singing by singers Stephanie Edwards and Tony Hill got everyone present ‘in the mood’ and our volunteers parading an amazing selection of 1940’s fashionable clothes by Rosemary Chaloner, brought the human element of wartime Barry to life.

"We even had a piper.

"How many Barry residents know that Barry had its own First World Wat tank or that the towns residents raised enough money to buy a Spitfire aeroplane in 1941," he added.

"Barry has a great history to tell – the docks, the railway and of course the people of Barry all made a significant contribution to the war effort, added Glenn Booker, chairman of the Barry War Museum.

The Barry War Museum and Barry Tourist Railway will be operating over the Bank Holiday weekend,

Trains run from Barry Island on Saturday, August 24, Sunday, August 24 and Monday, August 26.

Barry Tourist Railway will operating a 40 minute ‘out-and-back’ journey from Barry Island Station at 11.35am 1.10pm, 2.10pm and 3.10pms each day over the Bank Holiday weekend, including a guided tour around the railway depot where the vintage trains are maintained and refurbished.

Just turn up and go.