Keep Smiling Through - a salute to the 1940s
On Sunday 1st June, the Town Hall on St. Mary’s will be hosting a very special event to tie in with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings later on in that week on June 6th.
“Keep Smiling Through” will be an afternoon and evening of 1940s tributes and celebrations. From 1.30 – 5.30pm Scilly’s war-time generation, their family, carers and friends as well as visitors to the islands will be treated to entertainment from The Three Belles, an Andrews Sisters tribute group and The Bevin Boys, the St Mary’s Theatre Club, Scilly Sirens ladies’ choir, the Lesley Thomas Dance School, The Entertainers, the Five Islands School Saxophone group and The Sunset Syncopators dance band.
Then in the evening, The Town Hall will be transformed into 1940’s Hugh Town as The Three Belles together with The Bevin Boys and The Sunset Syncopators once again take to the stage to lead the dancing as “war-time revellers” get “In the Mood” in 2014. This is also open to all – get dressed up, get your hair styled, and dance until you drop. From 7.30pm to 11pm, there will be licensed bar provided by the Rotary Club.
“Many of our older population on Scilly were involved in the Second World War and it is a significant period in their lives that they remember well,” says one of the co-ordinators Jenny Byers. “We wanted to organise an afternoon for them to enjoy and hopefully to bring back fond memories of the lighter side of the 1940s. At the same time, as the date ties in rather well to the upcoming 70th anniversary we decided to extend the tribute and host a dance in the evening too. We hope lots of people on Scilly as well as visitors to the islands will be tempted to join us for either event, if not both.”
Afternoon tickets will be £6.00; £2.00 for under 16s. Evening tickets are £12.00 each (no unaccompanied children); £11 each for group bookings for tables of 8 or more.
Tickets for both the afternoon’s entertainment and evening dance are available from the Tourism Information Centre.