Film star to join Regal tribute to
WYMONDHAM'S Regal Experience Group will be staging a special show on Sunday, May 23 (2.30pm) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
WYMONDHAM'S Regal Experience Group will be staging a special show on Sunday, May 23 (2.30pm) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The show will be at the old Wymondham Regal, now part of the local Ex-Services' Club.
The main feature in the group's tribute to 'The Few' will be Angels One Five arguably the most authentic film ever made about those momentous days of 1940. With a stellar cast, including Jack Hawkins, John Gregson, Dulcie Gray and Veronica Hurst, the story is set at one RAF station during the battle.
Veronica Hurst, who played an ARP worker and John Gregson's love interest in the film, will be making a personal appearance at the show.
Honey-blonde Veronica, a leading lady in films of the 1950s and early 1960s, made her movie debut in Laughter in Paradise (1951) and in 1953 starred famously opposite George Cole in Will Any Gentleman and in the cult 3D production The Maze. The latter was made at a time she was enjoying a spell in Hollywood with Allied Artists, for whom she also starred in The Royal African Rifles with Louis Hayward. She was once married to American actor William Sylvester. Among her many other films are The Yellow Balloon, Licensed to Kill and Live It Up. She has made many appearances on the stage and TV - among her credits for the latter being The Persuaders, Sexton Blake and Dixon of Dock Green.
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Veronica will be interviewed about her career in which she starred with cinematic legends such as Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kenneth More, George Cole, David Hemmings and Joyce Grenfell. There will be an exhibition about her films.
The short supporting film, Night Shift, is a little gem made by the Ministry of Information in 1942 as a morale-booster in wartime. Featuring workers in an armaments factory, it highlights the camaraderie which prevailed at a time when the country was up against in. The 'workers' playtime' in the factory canteen with singing is particularly nostalgic.
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Tickets for the show are available from Maureen Dodman (01953 605593) or Michael Armstrong (01953 603246) and at the Wymondham Heritage Museum.