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'Singapore' at Rocks By Rail museum in Rutland commemorates release of prisoners of war




A railway museum is holding a special steam open day to mark the liberation of Far Eastern prisoners of war at the end of the Second World War.

At Rocks By Rail near Cottesmore on Sunday (August 29) visitors can see a display commemorating their freedom.

The museum will also be open on Bank Holiday Monday, and has two 'Driver for a Fiver' days planned - on Sundays September 5 and October 3.

Two former prisoners of war pictured with 'Singapore' in 2005
Two former prisoners of war pictured with 'Singapore' in 2005

The 76th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Far Eastern prisoners of war will include a display of the steam locomotive 'Singapore', which was captured along with 80,000 allied servicemen at the fall of Singapore in February 1942.

There will be a display giving insight into the lives of POWs and visitors will have the opportunity to place a white orchid - the Far East conflict flower of remembrance - on the locomotive.

Opening times are 10am to 4pm and admission is £10 for adults, £8 for senior citizens, £6 for children and £30 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children). The museum is run by volunteers.

Singapore has been cleaned especially for the bank holiday weekend commemoration
Singapore has been cleaned especially for the bank holiday weekend commemoration

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