1940’s Musical Tribute To Celebrate 70th Anniversary of D-Day Landings

three belles event june 2014Islanders will be able to relive the music of the 1940’s at a special celebration in June, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

‘Keep Smiling Through’ has been organised by Jenny Byers, who says the idea came from discussions with some of the elderly residents who attend the Memory Café sessions at Carn Gwaval.

Jenny says they wanted to do something special to mark the event, but felt it might be insensitive to celebrate war.

So they’re focussing on the experiences of people left at home during that time, who had to make the best of life, hence the title.

The day-long series of events starts in the afternoon with a party for older islanders.

An Andrews Sisters tribute group, the Three Belles, and their band, the Bevin Boys, are being brought over from the mainland for the event.

There’ll also be performances from the Scilly Sirens, The Entertainer’s, St Mary’s Theatre Club, Lesley Thomas’ Dance School and the school saxophone group.

The afternoon will be rounded off by a tea party and dance, accompanied by the Sunset Syncopaters band.

Jenny says she’s amazed by how the local community has rallied around to help fund the event.

She’s received a £700 donation from the Radio Scilly Lottery Fund, as well as money from Cornwall Rural Council, the Duchy and several private individuals.

The islands’ Inner Wheel are providing the refreshments during the afternoon.

In the evening, the music continues with ‘In the Mood,’ with a bar run by the Rotary Club.

Jenny says it should be good fun, with a touch of nostalgia thrown in. Attendees will be encouraged to dress in 40’s style and hairdressers will be on hand to help with styling.

And she says even though the younger members of the community might not know the music, it’s so catchy that they’ll soon be dancing along.

Jenny says she feels this could be the last big anniversary event from the war period for many of the older members of the community, who are starting to get very frail.

She says she wants it to be really special for them.

Keep Smiling Through and In the Mood are taking place in the Town Hall on Sunday June 1st.

Jenny says tickets will go on sale in May.