If you go down to The Coach and Horses in Soho on Saturday 4th October from 2.30PM, you’ll be greeted by a group of World War II veterans, all in their late 80’s and early 90’s, getting together for a sing-song around the piano at this historic London pub. Expect to hear everything from ‘Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner’, ‘Impossible Dream’, to ‘The Good Life’. The veterans will be on hand to share their tales about singing in wartime, especially if you buy them a nice […]
I popped down to Blackfriars Station last Friday to meet up with the taxi charity, whose collectors – a group of mainly WW2 veterans – were busy raising money for the next charity trip. During a break in the wonderful pub, The Blackfriar, a few of the veterans started singing…and carried on in the station. I am very pleased to hear that since the veterans have started singing during their collections, the takings have gone up considerably!
Some photographs from the recent Veteran’s Music Night in Holland, where a number of WW2 veterans took to the stage to sing. The songs included Danny Boy, My Way, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and The Mountains of Mourne, as well as some wonderful harmonica playing and even the odd tap dance. With thanks to the London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled, and to Susy Goodwin for the photographs.
I am very excited to be working, alongside the taxi charity, on a pop-up singing event for the veterans during the Fun Palace weekend – a weekend of free arts, sciences and culture – taking place on the 4th and 5th October this year. Currently in discussions with venues, musicians, dancers and providers of beer! More info to come. http://funpalaces.co.uk