19th May at Ramsgate Tunnels
For the first time since World War 2 live music will be heard in Ramsgate’s Wartime Tunnels when, on Saturday May 19th at 2.00pm, Kent’s premier swing band, The Beverley Big Band, takes to the floor for an afternoon of swing and memories.
During the war A.B.C.Kempe, Ramsgate’s famous ‘Top Hat Mayor’, would bring his ‘Troopers’ troupe of entertainers into the tunnels to entertain the shelterers and those living underground in ‘Tunnel Town’. There were also musical events to raise money for the famous ‘Spitfire Fund’, with the tunnel dwellers and their friends making a significant contribution to the fund.
The afternoon promises to be full of tunes made famous by such household names as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, many of which will have you up dancing. Those attending the concerts will also be able to wander round ‘Tunnel Town’ (normally only available on guided tours) to see just what conditions were like in the tunnels during the war, and then take a look in the new museum with it’s displays ranging from the Zeppelin raids of World War One to the reopening of the tunnels in 2014.
For further details visit www.ramsgatetunnels.org or telephone 01843 588123