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VE Day Concert Party - Uploaded 10 June 2015 (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for further photos)




To commemorate the 70th anniversay of VE (Victory in Europe) Day Worplesdon Parish Council held a Concert Party of its own.  Scene builders, amateur actors and technical volunteers were gathered together and, under the direction of ex-councillor Eric Marks-Oldham, the event started to build from the beginning of the year.  Professional lighting was borrowed, sound systems lent and period costumes were either borrowed or made.  The format of period sketches interspersed with popular songs of the era turned out to be highly popular.  The capacity audience in the Memorial Hall joined in enthusiastically with the singing, laughing and gossipy sketches by the two "old girls" in front of the air-raid shelter, and cheered at the dancing glamour of the "Andrews Sisters, and enjoyed the nostalgia of the Laurel and Hardy act. 

We are delighted that in addition to a fun-filled and highly memorable evening of entertainment approximately £800 was raised for the charity "Help for Heroes".  This will be presented to the charity in the near future.

Local photograhper Keith Dewey kindly photographed the evening free of charge.  His photo album can be viewed by clicking www.photashoot.com To view the photos enter either your own email address or the following email address clerk@worplesdonpc.co.uk and click the view box.  All photos can be downloaded free of charge.

We would like to thank the following people/organisations for all their help:

Scene builders:

Paul Cragg, Eric Marks-Oldham, James White

Music, lighting and sound:

James White


Paul Cragg, Eric Marks-Oldham & www.luckydogtheatreproductions.com (Laurel and Hardy AKA Tony Carpenter and Philip Hutchinson) who also, very kindly, performed free of charge.


Hugh Grear

Background actors:

Bob McShee, Ann McShee, Trina Marks-Oldham, Jan Messinger, Betty Leach, Derek Slaymaker, Fi, Jack, Bridget and Gaynor White.


Trina, Jack and Bridget.

Donations for refreshments: 

Siansburys, Sodexo, Tescos, Watirose, The White Lyon and Dragon and The Worplesdon View Care Home.

Costumes and props:

Perry Hill Antiques and The Trench Experience Woking.

Hall Decorations:

Lindsay Venables, Trina Marks-Oldham, Jan Messinger.

Song Sheets:

Guildford Nuffield Hospital

Other helpers:

Chris Venables, Terry Cater, Sandra Morgan, Beth and Terence Nagle, Cythia Slaymaker and Mrs Venables (senior).







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