Le Paradis Memorial Fund Raising Train

The Paradis Commemoration Group are seeking to establish a memorial in Norfolk to the memory of the 97 soldiers mostly from The Royal Norfolk Regiment who were massacred on 27th May 1940 in Le Paradis.

The successful evacuation of more than 300,000 troops from Dunkirk in May 1940 was the cornerstone of our eventual victory in WWII. It was made possible by the selfless defence of the Dunkirk perimeter by troops who knew they would not be rescued. One battlefield centred on the villages of Le Paradis and Lestrem. Here, detachments from the Royal Norfolks and the Royal Scots fought the enemy to a standstill, inflicting heavy losses. They surrendered only when they ran out of ammunition. As POWs they were entitled to all the protection of the Geneva Convention. Instead they were massacred by their Waffen SS opponents, machine gunned to the ground and finished off with pistols and bayonets – now known as the Le Paradis Massacre. Ninety-seven died, the majority of them Royal Norfolks. However, against all the odds two survived and led the successful post-war campaign to bring to justice the officer responsible for the massacre. He was found guilty of war crimes and executed in 1949. The massacre, the courage and the sacrifice are still remembered by the French and there are several memorials in Le Paradis and Lestrem to those who died but nothing in their home county.

In order to support this important appeal the North Norfolk Railway is hosting a black tie and tiara dinner aboard the North Nofolkman dining train on Monday 14th October. The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society have kindly made available their War Department locomotive No 90775 The Royal Norfolk Regiment to haul the train. The train will depart from Sheringham at 19.10 and return at 22.10. Guests should arrive from 18.30.

A delicious three course dinner will be served on board the train which will include ½ bottle of wine with the meal and a glass of Prosecco at Sheringham station before the train departs for Holt. A licenced bar will be available on board along with a Gin Bar serving a wide range of gins and garnishes.

During the evening the Group will be running a sealed bid auction for a range of exciting and exclusive promises and prizes.

Ticket price £100