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…


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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