The Burtey Fen Collection

Sing as we go !!  ... the war years

Beneath the balcony is a wall dedicated to the 1940s and the war years.

The music produced during this time gave the soldiers and their families back home a feeling of optimism. Remember titles such as 'They can't black out the moon', 'Wish me luck', 'Goodnight children, everywhere', 'Till the lights of London shine again', 'White cliffs of Dover' and 'We'll meet again'.

A tribute to the stars who entertained and kept up morale during this difficult period - featured artistes include :

Gracie Fields. Bing Crosby. Vera Lynn. Judy Garland. Hutch. Flanagan and Allen. Tessie O'Shea. Jeanette Macdonald and Nelson Eddy. Deanna Durbin. Carmen Miranda. Alice Faye. Andrews Sisters. Charlie Kunz. Paul Robeson. Sophie Tucker. Richard Tauber. Grace Moore. Jessie Matthews. Max Miller. Turner Layton. Mills Brothers. Elsie Carlisle. Street singer. Issy Bonn. Gert and Daisy. George Formby. Donald Peers. Ink Spots. Al Jolson. Tommy Trinder. Donald Peers.

...and not forgetting the big bands of:

Glenn Miller. Ambrose. Joe Loss. Jack Hylton. Henry Hall. Billy Cotton. Geraldo. Maurice Winnick. Ivy Benson.

Wartime magazines and newspapers depict the mood of the era.