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Reflecting on an Incredible Day: Veterans Lunch in Sleaford
Reflecting on an Incredible Day: Veterans Lunch in Sleaford

 What an incredible day at the Veterans Lunch in Sleaford as part of the Armed Forces Day and D-Day 80 Commemorations!

I had the privilege of meeting one of Britain’s last remaining D-Day veterans, Les Budding, who is now 97. Les was only 18 when he served on Landing Craft Flak 34, providing covering fire for the first wave of troops at Sword Beach on 6 June 1944.

Les shared some amazing stories about his time during the war. He joined the Royal Marines at 17 and, after training in Scotland, was part of a crew of 85 on a landing craft headed for Normandy. Their mission was to protect the main invasion force from attacks by the Luftwaffe and other threats. Les talked about the false start due to bad weather and how the RAF played a crucial role in keeping enemy aircraft at bay.

He vividly remembered the intense moments of D-Day and how survival often felt like “the luck of the draw.” Les also spoke fondly of his sergeant, Jack Grimsey, who was tragically killed in action just a day after D-Day. Les still keeps a framed photograph of Jack to this day.

After the war, Les returned to his sweetheart Doris, and they were married for 71 years. He now lives near Sleaford, Lincolnshire, and remains modest about his heroism, insisting he was “just one of many.” Meeting Les was a humbling experience, and his stories are a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by so many.

Hearing Les’s experiences first-hand was a deeply moving experience. He described how, at such a young age, he and his comrades faced unimaginable challenges. His account of the day’s events, the chaos, and the bravery shown by so many brought a new level of understanding to what we often read in history books. The personal touch of his story, especially his fond remembrance of his sergeant and friend Jack Grimsey, highlighted the deep bonds formed in the most testing of times.

Les’s story doesn’t end with the war. After returning to his beloved Doris, he built a life in Lincolnshire, and their 71 years of marriage is a testament to enduring love and resilience. Despite the hardships of the past, Les remains a modest man, emphasising that he was just one of many who did their duty. His humility and strength of character are truly inspirational.

This experience at the Veterans Lunch was not just a performance for me; it was a chance to connect with history and to honour those who have given so much. It’s crucial that we continue to remember and celebrate these heroes. Their stories need to be heard and shared, ensuring that the legacy of their bravery and sacrifice lives on.

Let’s continue to honour and remember these incredible heroes.

D Day 80 Poppy Display

Jayne Darling singing in front of a D Day Poppy Display

Jayne Darling Performing at the Sleaford Veteran’s Lunch

Jayne Darling singing in front of a D Day 80 Poppy Display

Jayne Darling Performing at the Sleaford Veteran’s Lunch

Philip Collins, Jayne Darling, Les Budding at the Armed Forces Event in Sleaford June 2024

Philip Collins, Les Budding and Jayne Darling pictured together at the Armed Forces Day Veteran’s Lunch

 

Sleaford Armed Forces Day Events 2024
Sleaford Armed Forces Day Events 2024

Performing at Sleaford Armed Forces Day Events 2024

This Monday, 24th June 2024, I am honoured to be performing at the Sleaford Armed Forces Day Events. The day will begin with a Flag Raising Ceremony in Sleaford Market Place at 10:15 am, marking an important occasion for our community.

I will be performing at the Veterans’ Lunch and Presentation of Veterans’ Badges from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the NKDC Council Chamber. This event is ticket-only, ensuring a dedicated and appreciative audience of veterans and their families. We will be acknowledging 80 years since D-Day, a milestone that holds immense historical significance.

My performance will include a selection of timeless classics, evoking memories and providing a fitting soundtrack to this meaningful event. It’s always a privilege to sing for our veterans, and I look forward to contributing to the day’s atmosphere with music that resonates with the spirit of the occasion.

As always, I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such events, where history, respect, and community come together. I look forward to seeing you there and sharing this special day with you.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes, Jayne Darling

Sleaford Armed Forces Day Events 2024

Sleaford Armed Forces Day Events 2024

The Flying Nightingales
The Flying Nightingales

Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Flying Nightingales at RAF Blakehill Farm

I had the honour of being invited to sing at the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Flying Nightingales. This significant event took place on Thursday, 13th June 2024, at the historic site of RAF Blakehill Farm.

Who Were the Flying Nightingales?

The Flying Nightingales were a remarkable group of female nurses and medical staff who bravely served during World War II. They were part of the Air Evacuation Service, transporting wounded soldiers from the battlefields of Europe back to Britain. These courageous women flew into war zones, provided critical care mid-air, and played a pivotal role in saving countless lives. Their dedication and bravery earned them the fitting nickname, “Flying Nightingales.”

The 80th Anniversary Commemoration

The 80th anniversary event at RAF Blakehill Farm was a fitting tribute to these incredible women. RAF Blakehill Farm itself is steeped in history, having served as a vital airfield during the war. The site was a perfect location to honour the legacy of the Flying Nightingales and reflect on their invaluable contributions.

As a vintage singer with a deep appreciation for the music and history of the 1940s, it was an immense privilege to be part of this commemoration. The atmosphere was poignant, with attendees including families, senior members of the RAF and history enthusiasts. Singing timeless classics from the era, I aimed to evoke the spirit and resilience of those who lived through those challenging times.

Reflecting on Their Legacy

The event was not only a celebration of the past but also a reminder of the bravery and compassion that defines the Flying Nightingales’ legacy. Their stories of courage and dedication continue to inspire us today. Meeting some of the members families was incredibly moving and reinforced the importance of remembering and honouring our history.

A Day to Remember

The 80th anniversary of the Flying Nightingales at RAF Blakehill Farm was a day filled with reflection, gratitude, and reverence. It was a privilege to contribute to the commemoration and to keep the memory of these extraordinary women alive through music. Their legacy serves as a powerful reminder of the strength and compassion that can emerge even in the darkest of times.

For more insights into my performances and upcoming events, stay tuned to my blog and social media channels. Together, we can continue to honour the past and celebrate the enduring spirit of the 1940s. Jayne Darling Singing Jayne Darling singing Jayne darling singing Jayne Darling alongside Kara Neave

 

Nov 9 2024 | 1940s & 1950s Night
Nov 9 2024 | 1940s & 1950s Night

1940s & 1950s Night at Kilnwick Percy

Date: 9th November 2024
Arrival: From 7.30pm
Show Starts: 8:15pm

Join us for a fabulous evening celebrating the style and glamour of the 1940s and 1950s with the talented Jayne Darling. Immerse yourself in the era and enjoy a performance that will transport you back in time.

Tickets:

  • £13 per person (event only)
  • £16.95 per person (includes a hot bacon bap)

To book your tickets, call us on 01759 303090 or email events@kilnwickpercy.co.uk.

Don’t miss out on this spectacular night of nostalgia and entertainment!

Poster for the 1940s and 1950s night at Kilnwick Percy

Sept 22 – 50s / 60s Harleys Bar
Sept 22 – 50s / 60s Harleys Bar

Join SAFEvents for a night of music from the 1950s and 1960s with a pie and pea supper!

Plenty of music for dancing or just tapping your feet – you never know there might me a guest appearance by Daz on the Decks!!

This is going to a great night – really friendly atmosphere and food – what more can you ask as we go into autumn!
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Tickets can be purchased from 01246 477410 ir contact Joe on 07731 955439
50s and 60s night at Harkeys in Staveley
Beeston Round Tabel OAP Lunch
Beeston Round Tabel OAP Lunch

I have lost track now of how many times I have performed for the wonderful Beeston Round Table!

This event was a postponement from January (Covid of course) so we made it a 1950s / Jubilee / Late 40s sing a long.

Beeston Round Table always make me so welcome and it was an absolute joy to be back!