Rotary goes to war in Old Sodbury
MEMBERS of the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury took a step back in time to learn about the life of a GI during the Second World War.
Old Sodbury Village Hall played host to the themed evening, organised by Rotary to mark the 80thanniversary of the outbreak of the war this year.
Although GIs were often described as overpaid, over-sexed and over here by their British hosts, the Rotary evening dug deeper into the wartime experience with some food and entertainment from the period, including a dinner using wartime American recipes.
In a hall festooned with Stars & Stripes and the music of wartime favourites Glen Miller, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, 60 people sat down to eat potato soup and chicken stew, followed by Brown Betty for dessert.
The evening ended with a short film show consisting of a news report of General Patton’s 5th Army crossing the Rhine, plus three propaganda cartoons that featured childhood favourites Tweety Pie and Donald Duck.
Organiser Stuart Hobday said: “It was a great opportunity for club members and guests to let their hair down and dress up a little, whilst learning something about life on the other side of the Atlantic.”
Picture: Getting into the swing of wartime music and food are (left to right) Binny Fraser, John Berridge, Brenda Berridge, Liz Lowe and Ian Lowe. Photo: Doug Lodge