PRESS RELEASE: 16th September 2020
LOCAL VINTAGE SINGER APPOINTED AN AMBASSADOR FOR NATIONAL CHARITY APPEAL
A popular singer on the 1940s circuit, vintage singer Jayne Darling from Arnold, has been appointed an ambassador for the charity – ENSA Memorial Appeal.
The appeal has been set up to raise the funds to commission a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield to honour those men and women of the show business profession that did so much to boost morale during World War 2 both at home and on the front line as part of ENSA, Stars in Battledress and RAF Gang Shows. The aim is to have the memorial unveiled in time for the 80th anniversary of VE Day in May 2025.
Apart from the memorial the appeal sets out also to educate the public in the role that these people did in helping achieve the final victory and are keen to hear from anyone who was part of the afore mentioned organisations or from people who had family members in them.
We will celebrate not just the more famous names of the period but also the everday singers, dancers, technicians and actors.
A spokesperson for the charity said, “It is an honour to have Jayne as part of our team of ambassadors helping spread the name and work of the appeal as she travels around the country performing at the many top 1940s themed events”.
Donations are invited in memory of a loved one who served in the war either in the Armed Services, Home Guard, or Womens Land Army. Also in memory of someone who was an entertainer from 1930s to present day. All names will be included in a book about the appeal to be published after the unveiling of the memorial.
Members of the public are invited to join the Facebook group and visit the website at
LEYBURN 1940s has been rescheduled to July 31 2021
More information to follow but usually there is a singalong supper at Leyburn Arts and Community centre and a dabce at the school on the Saturday night with me and Major swing
Date for your diary anyway!
Hay on Wye 1940s event will be back August 21 / 22 2021.
LOCAL 1940S SINGER BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE FOR THE VE75 CELEBRATIONS
On Friday May 8th Nottingham based 1940s singer Jayne Darling is bringing the spirit of wartime to lockdown as the country celebrates 75 years since the end of World War Two in Europe.
As part of the VE75 Celebrations Jayne and several other 1940s singers and entertainers from across the UK will be providing a free online concert via Facebook from 11 am in the morning through to the finale at 9 pm with each act presenting a solo performance.
Jayne commented: “The 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe was going to be a huge celebration for our Country; now with social distances measures in place all of the events and street parties that were due to take place have been cancelled. We wanted to ensure that the people of Britain could continue to celebrate from their own homes and we will be bringing music, laughter and joy to mark the occasion albeit virtually rather than in person.”
Jayne, along with other 1940s specialists, were gearing up for their busiest year with 100s of events taking place throughout May and she had been booked to perform at Wollaton Park as well as commitments for the Royal British Legion and various festivals across the 3 day weekend.
Whilst street parties are not currently an option households across the UK are being encouraged to decorate their houses with flags and bunting, host their own 1940s style tea party, dress up, sing dance and celebrate. Please remember, parties should only be held with members of the same family/ household that you are isolating with, please do not invite people over and break any social distancing government regulations.
The all day concert will be broadcast via Facebook and more information can be found by searching VE DAY 1940s PERFORMERS EXTRAVAGANZA!
Jayne Darling will be performing via her Facebook page at 6 pm.
Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day, marks 8 May 1945, the day on which World War II in Europe ended.
- In the United Kingdom on 8 May 1945, more than one million people celebrated in the streets to mark the end of the European part of the war. In London, crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the palace before the cheering crowds.
- VE Day is celebrated and remembered by people around Britain each year. The 70th anniversary of VE Day in 2015 was marked with a series of events across the UK. There were three days of commemorations including parades, street parties, a service of thanksgiving and a concert in central London.
- At 3pm on 8 May, VE Day, the nation will be asked to raise a glass to toast the heroes of World War II, wherever they are. Please make time during your party join in with the rest of the nation for this National Toast.
Schedule of performances can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/203952501036743/
11 am – Kyle Evans as George Formby https://www.facebook.com/kyleevansasgeorgeformby
12 Noon – Jessa Liversidge https://www.facebook.com/Jessasongsfromtheheart
1 pm – Miss Madeline Brown – https://www.facebook.com/MissMaddieBrown
2 pm – Johnny Victory – https://www.facebook.com/johnny.victory.77
3 pm – Colin Bourdiec – www.facebook.com/colin.bourdiec
3.30 pm – Derek Herbert as Winston Churchill https://www.facebook.com/derek.aka.churchill
4 pm – Kevin McCracken https://www.facebook.com/kevin.mccracken.52
4.30 pm – May Blossom https://www.facebook.com/mayblossomvintagesongbird
5 pm – Annie Andrews https://www.facebook.com/annie.andrews.37
6 pm – Jayne Darling – https://www.facebook.com/jaynedarlingsinger
7 pm – Miss Marina Mae https://www.facebook.com/MissMarinaMae
8 pm – Lilli Moore – https://www.facebook.com/LilliMooreFans
9 pm – Miss Luna Nightingale – https://m.facebook.com/MissLunaNightingale
Due to the success of the 2020 event Scothern 1940s Night is returning!
Save the date: Saturday January 30 2021
FRIDAY 8th MAY 2020
Radcliffe Royal British Legion Club Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent, Notts NG12 2BB Tel: 0115 9110 181
Featuring Nottingham’s own Jayne Darling
We are very lucky as Jayne is one of the country’s leading 1940’s singers, and in great demand.
An Evening of nostalgic music from the 1940’s to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE DAY.
Jayne’s set list will include music suitable for Lindy Hop, Waltz plus
Foxtrot / Quickstep.
Doors Open 7.30pm – Everyone Welcome
TICKETS £5 IN ADVANCE FROM THE OR £6 ON THE DOOR SUBJECT AVAILABILITY
Jayne will be appearing at the WW2 reenactment camp in Antwerp 22 / 23 May 2021
More information to follow
Monday 25th May
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
Experience a military weekend (NB. Saturday and Monday only) including an M36 Jackson tank destroyer, Sherman tank, chaffee (and more to be released), Lancaster and Mosquito taxy runs, over 60 military vehicles, over 100 reencators, trade stands and warbird flying displays!! Soak up the 1940’s atmosphere at this our biggest reenactment weekend in our events calendar.
You will be able to see two real firing tanks and a Lancaster back here at East Kirkby in conjuction with the Mid-Lincs MVT.
Monday 25th May –
11am- Lancaster taxy run
12.00- LIVE TANK FIRING
12.15pm- 1940’s Performance
1.45pm- Lancaster taxy run
2.10pm- LIVE TANK FIRING
2.30pm- Mosquito taxy run
3.00pm- Flying displays
3.15pm- 1940’s Performance
4.00pm- Lancaster taxy run
4.20pm- Mosquito taxy run
Have a look at the M36 Jackson tank destroyer moving HERE
FLYING DISPLAYS ARE WEATHER AND SERVICEABILITY DEPENDENT
Admission rates –
There will be a raffle for a chance to win a ride on the Lancaster at just £2.00 for a strip of tickets.
Also depending on the weather there will be some airfield tours on the vintage Queen Mary vehicle lasting approx 30 minutes and priced at £2.50 per adult.
Jayne Darling will be appearing alongside Brandyn Shaw at the RNA Club Coulson Road, Lincoln on Saturday 3rd October
More information to follow
Jayne Darling will be performing throughout the day at Leopold Square in Sheffield
More information to follow