Remembering the Telegraphist Air Gunners
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   A Weekend To Remember (Re-printed from an article written by Nora Mortimer for the December 2004 TAGA Newsletter) W hen   the   January   TAG   magazine   reported   that   440   Productions Association    was    on    tour    in    Britain    and    had    been    invited    to perform   at   our   Lee   Saturday   Social,   our   editor   wrote,   “it   should be   a   really   good   evening”.      How   right   he   was.   It   was   a   superb, and    the    next    day,    without    exception,    the    comments    were, “wasn’t it supper, smashing evening, best we’ve ever had.” Praise   indeed,   for   the   group   of   young   Canadians,   some   of   whom are   in   their   last   year   of   high   school,   some   1st   year   university and   some   in   their   first   jobs,   but   all   talented   in   singing,   dancing, and acting. The   director   of   the   group,   George   Egan,   is   tutor   of   English   and history   at   Yarmouth   High   School,   Nova   Scotia   and   has   written many   was   related   productions   for   the   company.      Knowing   that many TAGS trained in Yarmouth he suggested their visit to our weekend during their tour of Britain. The   programme,   “Time   To   remember”,   consisted   of   songs   and   stories   of   the   world   war   two   years.   There   was   a   cast   of   a   dozen or   so   with   the   boys   impersonating   Canadian   airman   and   soldiers,   dressed   in   real   uniforms   with   heavy   boots   which   they   said   they were   roasting   in   the   heat   of   the   stage   lights.      There   was   one sailor,   a   TAG   of   course   who   was   applauded   long   and   loud.      The girls   were   dressed   in   1940,s   fashion   and   threw   themselves   into the roles of war brides and lovesick girlfriends. W e   in   the   audience   were   warned   we   would   be   asked   to   sing.      No need   to   ask,   as   soon   as   the   pianist   who   played   nobly   for   two hours   struck   up   the   first   notes   we   were   there   clapping   and belting out the choruses.  It   may   be   unfair   to   pick   out   a   particular   scene   as   every   player performed   professionally   and   with   enthusiasm;   however,   Sara Rogers,   who   is   top   cadet   in   her   Senior   Leaders   Base,   has   flown an   aircraft   and   passed   her   entrance   exams   to   a   prestigious   Air Force    Course,    was    much    appreciated    by    her    short    ballet sequence and a glimpse of a 1940’s stocking top and suspender. The   finale   was   called,   “The   Tragedy   of   War”   and   featured   the   poem   “High   Flight”,   the   song   “Danny   Boy”   and   “There’ll Always Be An   England”,   plus   “Auld   Lang   Syne”   brought   the   evening   to   a close, as someone remarked “hardly a dry eye in the house”. The   next   day   brought   more   enjoyment   when   they   joined   us   at the   Memorial.      They   laid   a   wreath,   a   simple   tribute   in   gold ribbon   with   the   words   “from   the   people   of   Canada”,   with   maple leaves   and   poppies.      They then   joined   us   for   lunch,   a   Yarmouth youth    at    each    table.    Imagine    how    many    reminiscences    and comparisons were exchanged. These    young    people    tried    to    meet    and    speak    to    everyone, listening   carefully   and   with   genuine   interest   to   all   our   tales.     We   wish   them   much   success   in   whatever   they   do.      They   are excellent ambassadors for their country.