On the night quite a crowd braved the dress optional so we had an array of evacuees, RAF personnel, Home Guard, a very realistic ‘spiv’ with every kind of coupon, ladies in their 40s Sunday best and a bevy of Land Army girls complete with vegetables.

Carol and Bill Davis provided the first half of the entertainment describing the life of a Land Army girl leaving home in Beeston for the first time to work in the fields close to Ipswich enjoying the fruit picking but struggling to plant potatoes in winter. Even a journey by train was a hazard with train smoke often a magnet for an air attack. The girls in question did enjoy the excitement however of seeing Glenn Miller and his band perform live on a surprise visit to a local army base (his ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ was included later in vocalist Emma James’s set).

The ebullient Emma in WAAF uniform performed a wide selection of songs from the 40s ranging from Vera Lynn and Joan Regan to Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters, drawing talented dancers onto the floor performing the routines to match the era. She enlivened the evening by encouraging audience participation with both her both teasing humour and repartee and led the rousing community singing to end the evening.

Complementing the entertainment was a meal of the time ‘a cold collation’ with ham and corned beef and a plentiful salad straight from the allotment followed by a choice of rice pudding, spotted dick or fruit crumble.

Thanks go to Barry and Lynne Bootland for organising this fun event, drawing in a welcome crowd of guests to share in a typically lively Rotary evening and to Horsforth Golf Club's catering team for once again rising to the occasion.

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