War on the line would be ‘morally wrong’, says Mid Hants Railway

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THE WATERCRESS Line’s nostalgic War on the Line event has been canceled for a third consecutive year in light of the war in Ukraine.

The June event, last held in 2019, commemorates the events of World War II and attracts re-enactors from across southern England.

But the board of Mid Hants Railway (MHR), which runs the heritage railway line between Alton and Alresford, said ‘tragic events’ in Ukraine had forced organizers to consider whether the 1940s event should return as planned in 2022.

An MHR spokesperson said: “The tragic events now unfolding in Ukraine have led Watercress Line to consider whether to proceed with their plans to stage our annual 1940s event, War on the Line.

“The MHR Board of Directors has considered the matter very carefully and has decided that to proceed under the current circumstances would send a totally inappropriate message to our customers and the general public.

“We have therefore made the decision to cancel these events until further notice. We are aware that this will be disappointing for many, especially as significant planning has already been done for the 2022 event.

“However, we strongly believe that this is the right thing to do for the railway and that to continue these events at this time would be morally wrong.”

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