Don’t mention the war! Council bans 1940s event over Nazi fears

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A charity World War Two enactment has been halted by a South Yorkshire council, over fears of the offence caused by the Nazi uniforms displayed.

Barnsley Council refused permission for a 1940s-themed weekend organised by Elsecar Heritage Railway for the late May bank holiday.

Wartime weekends, like this one in Pickering, have been popular across Yorkshire

Wartime weekends, like this one in Pickering, have been popular across Yorkshire

The event would have featured living history displays and a skirmish by members of the Northern World War II Association (NWW2A), and would raise funds for the railway’s restoration project and Help for Heroes.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said it had received several complaints after a previous event “about people in Nazi uniform” and that it needed to be confident that the event “wouldn’t include Nazi or SS elements.”

She said: “We are completely happy with re-enactments, and with German uniforms, but we have to be sensitive to local people who have been affected by the horrific events that took place during the war.

“The organising group weren’t able to provide us with reassurance that the event would be held safely and appropriately, so we had no choice but to cancel.”

She added the council had not been aware it was a charity event.

The NWW2A said reenactments did not include any paramilitary or gestapo insignia.