As part of the Haworth 1940’s Weekend in commemoration of the D-Day landings 70 years ago, at 9.30 on Saturday 17th May, Haworth Locomotive Works was witness to the ceremony of thanksgiving for the restoration of wartime locomotives WD 2-8-0 90733 from the UK, once more named for the day ‘Remembrance – less we forget’, and USTAC 2-8-0 5820 from the USA. The intention of the ceremony was to give thanks to God for the restoration of the two engines. To give thanks for those who have worked hard to get the engines to their present state, to ask God to bless those who will “drive” them and the visitors who will ride on the trains. To remember those men and women from the Second World war who have worked on their sister engines and those who were transported to the areas of war by them.
The event was attended by invited guests including West Yorkshire Deputy Lord Lt. Major S. M. Hardy, Major Stephen Boardman, Regimental Administrative Officer of 4 Para and Captain David A. Stracener, United States Naval Attaché to the U.K. together with Dr. Matthew Stroh and David Pearson , Chairman and Vice-President respectively of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society and working members of the Society. The Herr Jens’s Band provided instrumental accompaniment to the ceremony.
The Liturgy and ‘Blessing’ was given by the Reverend Peter Mayo-Smith, Rector of Haworth and Psalm 121 was read by Andrew Simkins from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society.
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