Sunday 3 May 2009

0905.03 BOMBS AWAY

Last night I went to a World War II evening of nostalgic entertainment hosted by the High Green Women's Institute. How may you ask did I end up attending such an event? Well, Morticia was invited by a family friend but was unable to attend due to her been away on a jolly (in Camden, London). So I took (dragged) Harley along.

I've always see myself as a student of history, soaking up as much as I can when I can, so to experience something like this was a chance to see for myself what my grandparents have told me about. The first half was a light am-dram style collection of dances and singing from local people most probably connected to the WI, the second part was a showcase of Judith Hibbert who's singing and light-hearted banter were a joy. Even Harlz loved the show!

Sometimes it's important to remember the past, especially something that is still in living memory of our grandparents, it's easy to dismiss as not relevant but I believe it is. How they lived and laughed, cried and sang is at least as important as the events (in fact probably more important).

If you ever find yourself in North Wales and are interested in the events of WWII then a visit to the Home Front Experience is a must.

By the way, I won the raffle as well - nice bottle of Champagne!

1 comment:

James (UK) said...

Aw...! When I read the opening lines of this post in Google Reader, I was hoping for a cartoon of you looking very much like a member of the local WI, complete with skirt and hat, to go with it! ;-)

If you're ever in London, visiting the Imperial War Museum's "Blitz Experience" is worth doing; you are lead into an air-raid shelter, and in the dark, listen to actor's voices as if they are "in" the shelter with you, and you've gone back to the time of the bombings. You can feel the bombs drop too.

I won't spoil it by describing the rest, though!