Forties style recalled with enthusiam
A motley forties crew
Taking to the floor
Reliving the forties with a Glenn Miller accompaniment
Packing up their troubles
From evacuees to armed forces
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
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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