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21st Oct, 2021

Historian Pat Tansell to give 'Bromsgrove on the Eve of War - Our Town and District in 1939' lecture

THIS YEAR’S Bromsgrove Lecture will be given at by town historian Pat Tansell.

The Bromsgrove Society will host the presentation ‘Bromsgrove on the Eve of War: Our Town and District in 1939’.

The event will take place at 7.30pm on April 16 at the Routh Concert Hall, Bromsgrove School.

Pat will look at aspects of life in the Bromsgrove District during the late 1930s, focusing in particular on 1939.

Pat will recount stories from the town on the eve of war, describing how people were preparing for the days to come.

Topics will include ARP and Home Front preparations, the arrival of evacuees and Jewish refugees and Bromsgrove’s referendum on Sunday cinema opening.

To accompany the presentation The Orchestra of St John will play ‘Bromsgrove Fair’ by Leslie Bridgewater.

This light and cheery piece of music was written in the 1930s and is very much of its time.

Such pieces of music were commissioned to raise the spirits of the nation and were continually played on the radio.

Spokesperson Jo Slade said: “The Bromsgrove Society are delighted to welcome the 25-piece orchestra to bring the sounds of the time back to life.”

Tickets, which are £6, will include a complimentary drink afterwards and are available online from Bromsgrove School Box Office or from the Foto Factory, 123 High Street, Bromsgrove.

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