Music And Dancing To Celebrate D-Day Anniversary

three belles event june 2014Final preparations are underway for a celebration of 1940s music in the Town Hall tomorrow, Sunday, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Mainland performers The Three Belles and the Bevan Boys will headline at ‘Keep Smiling Through.’ They will perform from 1.30pm and again during the evening from 7.30pm at the ‘In The Mood’ event.

The afternoon show will also feature pupils from the Five Islands School, performing period saxophone pieces. Islands’ youngsters from the High Kidz Dance Academy will perform dances from the era, with the Scilly Sirens choir and the Sunset Syncopaters band completing the bill.

Organiser Jenny Byers says that a number of visitors have told her that they have seen the visiting groups and that they are very good. But Jenny says she hopes that they’ll appreciate that the Town Hall is really a village hall and not does not have the artist changing facilities of the Albert Hall!

Jenny and her team hope to create a street party feel within the hall. She’s decorated the space with red, white and blue bunting and promises “plenty of colour.”

St Mary’s artist Imogen Bone has created a barrage balloon and Jenny hopes that they can arrange the lighting to simulate searchlights. During the afternoon there’ll be cream teas but Jenny says the organisers decided not to offer authenticate food from the era as “it was a bit bland.”

The Town Hall is licensed for up to 200 people but as there will be so many performers coming and going during the shows there’ll be just 80 tickets for the afternoon event, priced at £6 for adults and £2 for under 17s. Jenny says nobody will be turned away if there is space.

There are 100 tickets for the evening event priced at £12 and you can buy them at the TIC. The evening includes a licensed bar operated by the Rotary Club.

Jenny says she didn’t want to sell more tickets because she wants people to have room to dance.

A number of islanders have booked one of the 14 available tables for the evening. And some of those groups have decided to attend wearing the clothes and hairstyles of the era, she says.

The Buzza bus will be available for the older islanders’ transport in the afternoon and DJ cabs will be operating on Sunday too, on 423775.

The Scilly Lottery has supported the event with a £700 grant and further cash has come from the Cornwall Rural Council, the Duchy and several private individuals.