What an amazing couple of weeks I've had!!! Starting with Darren & myself taking our annual trip to Normandy for the D Day Commemorations. We met up with the Norwich & Norfolk D Day Veterans and their friends and family on the first night and had a good old knees up in the Hotel!!! On the 5th I met up with some of the members of, and my best friends, Light 'n' Shade - together we entertained the Veterans at the D Day Academy in Rots - a truly humbling experience!!! We toured around Normandy in the Dodge Weapons Carrier together through the wind and rain and despite it breaking down several times, we had a fabulous time!!!!
Light n Shade performing at the D Day Academy in Rots - I'll Be Seeing You
We returned home from Normandy on Thursday morning but it was a quick turn-a-round!!!
I performed at Vintage Fridays at the Overcliff Pub in Bournemouth on Friday evening. It was a fairly intimate crowd but I had a chance to try out a few new swing numbers!!!
On Saturday, it was an early start as we headed of to the Southwick D Day Revival.
Southwick House was the beating heart of Operation Overlord where military leaders mapped out the Normandy invasion in 1944. It was really like taking a trip back in time as the whole village gets involved, not a single modern vehicle to be seen. All vehicles, including the double decker bus was period correct. Everybody was dressed in 40s attire, including the children. I saw a little girl pushing her toy '40s' pram with a baby doll wrapped in a crocheted blanket, just beautiful!!!
As well as the village, which is just beautiful in its own right, being period correct, the local park was transformed into a Military Camp. Again the attention to detail was just incredible!!!
On the saturday afternoon I had the great honour of singing to some of the D Day Veterans in the Military Camp. We converted the Dodge into a make shift stage, which was great fun!!! In the evening they had an evening dance in a marquee opposite one of the Village pubs and I performed with The Regular Joes !!!
We stayed overnight (in the Dodge!!) and was up and off early Sunday morning! Again, another quick turn-a-round as I was off to Burton Armed Forces and Veterans Day to perform in the afternoon.
This was a superb event and now in its 10th year. This event is held with the aim of bringing together the Armed Forces, Veterans and the surrounding communities in the area in order to celebrate the work the armed forces do and as a way of the local people to say thank you for all the hard efforts and endeavour they have done and currently do around the world and in the UK.
There was a beautiful service of Celebration and the Christchurch & District Band played some amazing marches and wartime favourites!!
Dressed in my ATS Uniform I started my set of Swing and Wartime classics which closed the show - a fabulous turnout for a fabulous event and the close of a fabulous week!!!!