1940s Evening, November 2006


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The Maldon U3A active Committee organised a 1940s Evening in the Wickham Bishops Village Hall.

The live band was the Peter Pathfinders 1940 Show.

The evening started with the message by PM Chamberlin that said War was declared on Germany as the German High Commissionner had not said they would withdraw from Poland. An Air Raid Siren sounded followed by 1940s music to liven up the sombre start.

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1940 EVENING

The Committee encouraged everyone to dress on 1940s gear. This was from a smart Naval Lieutentant, Warrant Officers, USAF Sergents, Land Girls through to Children on their way to Canada! The tables were decked in red, white & blue.

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Wickham Bishops Village Hall
Photographs by Archie McDonell & John Bowen

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Barbara & David Arnold, mine Host
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The Pathfinders Band.

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      Next 4 photos by Archie McDonell
Left to right: - Shirley Orchard, Colin Rowe, Audrey Rowe & Annette Porte

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And there was a great ambience, thanks to
the Pathfinders Band.

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The lovely Terri Morgan in her WRAC uniform singing to the camera.

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Marius Rudnick on Clarinet with Lead (Amplified) Guitar, John Knowles dressed as a Spiv.



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    Mrs Mop (Can I do you now Sir?) is Sheila Epps
They are in the queue for Fish & Chips

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As everyone had brought their Ration Books the Committee
were able to persuade the local Fish & Chip Van to make a
personal appearance and cook just for us.

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Waiting for another supply of 1940 paper wrapped Fish & Chips

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    Chatting while waiting for the next supply.

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Still waiting - but when they came they were wonderful!

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The queue is getting shorter

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Alf Couldrey (white tuxeto) with his table enjoying their Fish & Chip Supper.

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Dig for Victory

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Posters to warn people that careless talk can loose the War!
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After the Supper the music encouraged those not wearing a Gas Mask to have a dance.
I wonder who spent the next day in bed?

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Peter Pathfinder 1940 Show line-up
Terri Morgan, WRAC Singer
John Knowles, Spiv on Guitar
Alan Baxter, USAF on Drums
Marius Rudnick, RAF on Wind instruments
Jimmy O'Brien, USAF Keyboard & Leader
Les Reigate, Merchant Navy & Lights & Heavies

Thank you David & the Social Committee for providing food & good music yet again.



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(c) Maldon U3A 2006
Last revised: 21st May 2007 to add Shirley Orchard's name.