Danny McCrudden to star at the Chalke Valley History Festival Victory Ball!

Last year, I was lucky enough to meet dashing TV historian and all-round World War II expert James Holland, who is also Co-Chair and Programme Director for the Chalke Valley History Festival, taking place this week in Wiltshire. When I told him about my involvement with the taxi charity, and particularly about the musical shenanigans, he got very excited, even more so when I told him about the wonderful singing voice of Danny McCrudden. Over the last year we cooked up a plan to bring along Danny and some of his fellow veterans to the festival. The taxi charity are making a real weekend of it, and will be escorting the veterans in a convoy of Black Cabs through the English countryside. The veterans will no doubt be spending the day in the NAAFI tent, having a sing song and maybe the odd tap dance.

A highlight of the weekend will be a 1940’s ‘Victory Ball’, where Danny – who by the way is going to be 91 on Sunday! – will be singing a couple of numbers on the stage with the wonderful London Swing Orchestra. Excitement all round…

http://cvhf.org.uk/programme-details/victory-party/

With many thanks to the London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled, and the Black Cab drivers who will be bringing the veterans to the festival.

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