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Hundreds recreate a WWII Christmas on the railway

Hundreds of people from across the country have been in Hampshire re-creating Christmastime on the railway during the war.

It's the tenth year the Watercress Line in Alresford has hosted the event.

Visitors experienced singing, dancing and steam trains along with re-enactors to help re-live the atmosphere.

VIDEO REPORT: Keeping war history alive in Kent

One of Europe's biggest military festivals is underway in Kent. For the first time the event, now called the War and Peace Revival, is being held at, what was, Folkestone Racecourse.

The huge site means the organisers have been able to recreate a "home front village", giving thousands of children a chance to see what life was like in the 1930s and 40s.

Derek Johnson was there among the military enthusiasts and speaks to Wayne Ladd, Battle of Britain re-enactor, Adam Francis, Afghanistan veteran, and Jude Knight, Home Front re-enactor.


Secret commandos reunited in Hampshire

One of the 'secret commandos' in a mini-submarine Credit: Andrew Griffin

Senior defence chiefs are joining an elite band of Second World War commandos this lunchtime for the first war memorial to 200 men who earned 90 gallantry awards and commendations in just three years.

The group undertook their top secret training on Hayling Island, Hampshire, and the are returning today for the official dedication of the memorial.

Countess Mountbatten, whose late father Lord Louis Mountbatten ordered the foundation of the Combined Operations Pilotage Parties (COPP) Unit 70 years ago, is among those present.

Among the other 150 guests are members of the Special Boat Squadron Association.

A Combined Operations Pilotage Party Unit Credit: Andrew Griffin

Princess Anne dedicates war memorial to US servicemen killed in Berkshire

Princess Anne dedicates a memorial to US servicemen in Berkshire

Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, is at Greenham Common in Berkshire today to dedicate a new memorial to American servicemen. Many were based at the area's airbase during the Second World War. Nearly fifty of them were killed in two seperate accidents above the site in December 1944.

New memorial at the Greenham Common Airbase site