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Party like its 1945 at Dambusters Ball in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 September 2018

Actor Bob Golding and his wife Nikki at the Dambusters Ball. Picture: Bob Golding

Actor Bob Golding and his wife Nikki at the Dambusters Ball. Picture: Bob Golding

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Winston Churchill, George Formby and a drunken navy sailor will be among the historical figures appearing at a 1940s-themed charity dinner in Harpenden.

The Dambusters Ball. Picture: Bob GoldingThe Dambusters Ball. Picture: Bob Golding

The Dambusters Ball will be held at Harpenden Public Halls from 7pm to 1am on Friday, September 28, the 80-year anniversary of the building’s opening in 1938.

Guests will show up in 1940s dress to the ball, which features live music, cocktails, vintage vehicles, period costume, a dinner and actors creating an immersive wartime experience.

Actor Bob Golding, who produced the event and will be playing a Royal Air Force Captain, said: “There are 14 actors and singers who interact with people on the night, including a fantastic George Formby played by Ewan Wardrup, who has toured the country extensively with his one man theatre play on George.

“We’ve also got our three singing girls ‘The Bouncing Bombs’ in tribute to the Dambusters, because this is the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters mission.

The Dambusters Ball. Picture: Bob GoldingThe Dambusters Ball. Picture: Bob Golding

“Albert Welling is playing Winston Churchill. He’s a fantastic actor - he played Hitler in Doctor Who so he’s defected to the other side, and he’s brilliant. You can’t tell the difference between him and Churchill.

“We re-enact an air raid so that’s quite dramatic but also very respectful. The big draw on the night is the big band - they play every Glenn Miller hit and loads more.”

As well as paying homage to operation Chastise by 617 squadron, better known as Dambusters, the ball is also marking 100 years of the RAF, and all proceeds will be going towards the RAF Benevolent Fund.

A team of chefs and kitchen staff will serve bangers, mash and peas in army-issue mess tins, with spotted dick and custard for dessert.

The Dambusters Ball. Picture: Bob GoldingThe Dambusters Ball. Picture: Bob Golding

Bob said: “It’s completely immersive. We’ve got vintage vehicles outside, a drill sergeant and a drunken navy sailor. Everyone’s got a part to play on the night, and all the guests dress up in 1940s clothes and party like it’s 1945.

“It promises to be a true highlight of the year for Harpenden and is always a night to remember.”

There will a raffle on the night to raise money, and the star prize is a half hour flight in a Yak 52 aircraft.

Around 200 people will be able to attend the event, and tickets cost £65.

To buy tickets go to https://www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk/events/the-dambusters-ball/

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