Major Swing and the Bluebelles:  “Advance Britannia!”, 1945

A night of music, dance and theatre to celebrate Churchill’s announcement of the Victory in Europe and to bid goodbye to Adderbury’s American GI allies.

21st July 2018, we stepped back in time to the year of 1945 and saw the village’s own American GI Frank George, a.k.a ‘Major Swing’, lead a night of celebratory entertainment of American, English and Big Band classics. Headlining alongside was The Bluebelles, the delightful three part harmony group inspired by the Andrew Sisters.

Major Swing and the Bluebelles took the crowds through an evening of singing and dancing, with wartime hits such as ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’, Duke Ellington’s ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’ and Nat King Cole’s ‘L-O-V-E’. The American GI soldiers came to Britain to aid the resistance of the German invasion during World War II and were well known for their lavish parties and boisterous behavior. Therefore, what better way to send them off than with a night of American-English merrymaking!

Starring George Sothcott as GI Frank George/Major Swing andLisa Nicholls, Jess Smith and Charlotte Saunders as The Bluebelles. The Bluebelles began life playing The Andrew Sisters in VaT’s 2016 Christmas show, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” and have since become established in their own right performing regularly around the area with VaT’s Musical director, Joseph Cummings, as ‘JC + the Bluebelles’.

The money raised from this event will go towards supporting VaT’s community initiatives. One of these 2018 projects is the professional production of their 2017 Christmas show ‘Christmas Across Time’ which is has been turned into four-part radio show to be played on local radio this December. In conjunction with its airing, VaT will visit local care homes in a series of interactive concerts where they will bring parts of the show to life as they celebrate the festive season with the residents.

“Advance Britannia!”