WWII heroes share their everlasting memories

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 23 July 2019

A group of World War Two veterans were celebrated when a convoy of historical military vehicles converged on a Saddleworth pub.

The elderly heroes swopped stories as nostalgic classic wartime tunes echoed across the grounds of The Church Inn, Uppermill.

And visitors admired the collection of lovingly-restored Second World War Jeeps and armoured cars on parade, with their proud owners dressed in authentic uniforms and stylish period clothing.

Hayden Schofield brought Frankie, his two year old son, to share the experience with his friend Oliver Bush, also two, dressed in replica uniforms.

Mr Schofield, from Chadderton, owns a full-size original 1942 vehicle.

He said :“Little Frankie and Oliver have been made very welcome by everyone and they’ve really taken to their  uniforms.”

There was a stream of respectful visitors who took time out to chat to military veterans from Broughton House,  Salford.

The house has evolved into a dedicated charity and nursing home for veterans living their remaining years among friends, supported by a dedicated team of helpers.

Sue Greenlees, from the support team, said: “Everyone  had a lovely time.

"The veterans were very busy relating their wartime memories and experiences.”

Meantime ladies with luxurious hairstyles danced to foot-tapping numbers including the Lindy hop, jitterbug and boogie-woogie.

Trina Edmundson, dance teacher at the Saddleworth-based Backstep Boogie Club, who provided the music, said: “The love of nostalgic music and dance has grown out of all recognition with dance events taking place across the country every weekend from April until Autumn.

“People come to club to polish up their dancing skills - and then leave as friends.

“I really believe there is a big revival in this music genre.

"Everyone loved the event - and some, who come to the club for dance lessons, have really got the dancing bug.”

For inquiries on the Backstep Boogie Club, text/telephone: 07719 457688 or email: thebackstepboogie.club@virgin.net

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