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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

Creating Timeless Memories with Jayne Darling Vintage Singer
Creating Timeless Memories with Jayne Darling Vintage Singer
Creating Timeless Memories with Jayne Darling Vintage Singer

I believe that every celebration deserves a touch of timeless elegance and unforgettable melodies. Recently, we had the pleasure of being part of a truly special occasion – Rodney’s 80th Birthday Party at the charming Lees Hall Golf Club. The experience was nothing short of magical, and the lovely feedback from Diana, our valued client, only adds to the joy we feel in sharing this story.

What sets our performances apart is not just the music but the personalised touch we bring to each event. Accompanied by my husband, Darren, who expertly DJ’ed between sets, we ensured the perfect blend of melodies, creating an ambience tailored to the needs of the guests. It’s wonderful to know that our attention to detail in managing the volume for dancing and conversation, as well as keeping the party schedule on track, contributed to a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone.

The moment of joy when lighting the candles and singing happy birthday to Diana’s dad was truly special. It’s moments like these that make our work incredibly rewarding and memorable. The Hokey Pokey dance brought everyone together, adding an interactive element to the evening. I firmly believe that the success of an event lies in these small, magical touches that create lasting memories.

What is most lovely is Diana’s mention of our personal involvement in the celebration. We didn’t just perform and leave; we became a part of the dancing, chatting, and overall celebration.

Diana’s initial contact through our website and the easy process of filling out a form and making a deposit are reflective of our commitment to making the booking process hassle-free for our clients. Darren’s proactive communication to ensure the schedule aligns with the client’s expectations is a testament to our dedication to delivering a first-rate service.

Diana’s closing words, expressing her readiness to book us again without hesitation, validate our mission to provide not just excellent musical entertainment but an all-encompassing experience that exceeds expectations.

In conclusion, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Diana and her family for allowing us to be a part of Rodney’s milestone celebration. It was truly an honour, and we look forward to creating more timeless memories through our music.

Thank you for choosing us.

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“We all absolutely loved having Jayne Darling sing and entertain for us at my Dads 80th Birthday Party at Lees Hall Golf Club.

Jayne was glamorous, witty and had us all captivated by her wonderful singing. Accompanied by her husband Darren who DJ’ed for us in-between Jaynes sets and read the room perfectly. Keeping the volume just right for dancing and talking, making sure the nights itinerary for the party was on time, prompting me (when needed), to sort the cake/buffet and keep the party in full swing. Having Jayne light the candles and sing happy birthday to my dad was a real joy.
Getting everyone involved in the Hokey Pokey, was also a lovely touch by Jayne, that we all thoroughly enjoyed. Jayne didn’t disappear after her singing, she joined in with the dancing and chatting. All these extra things made the evening exceptional for all our friends and family.
Jayne and Darren are both lovely people, down to earth, entertaining, professional, thoughtful, caring and generous.
Our memorable evening excelled because of their talents and they made my Dad feel like a star.
Initially I contacted Jayne via her web page https://jaynedarling.co.uk/ (after my Dad had expressed how much he had enjoyed hearing Jayne sing at the 40’s day in Chesterfield).
I filled out a form and paid my deposit, giving a few details of how I wanted the evening to go. It was very easy.
Darren got in touch with me a couple of nights before the party to check the schedule was ok.
I would book them again without hesitation, extremely good value, a first rate team.
Thank you both soo much.
Diana, Sheffield.
 xxx
Nov 18 | 1940s Evening Bourne
Nov 18 | 1940s Evening Bourne

Get ready for a night of vintage fun!

Come dressed to impress for our 1940s evening, featuring Singer Jayne Darling . We’re proud to support the Royal British Legion, so let’s dance the night away and show our appreciation for our veterans.
Even better – entry is FREE!

Date:  Saturday 18th November 2023 

Time: 19:30

Location:  Events at the Centre, Elsea Park, 1 Sandown Drive, Bourne, PE 10 0US

Tickets: Free entry with ticket. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/events-the-centre/1940s-evening/e-kgkpzd

 

1940s Night Events at the Centre - Bourne



 

Jan 27 2024 – 1940s Dance Scothern

We are back again with our friends at Scothern! This is always a great night with fantastic music (something for everyone), bar, dancing and food!  What more could you ask for. 

January 27th 2024

Doors 6.30 pm  (until 11 pm)

Scothern Village Hall, Main St, Scothern, Lincoln LN2 2UJ

Tickets £10 – please call 07450 523840 ~ 07787 538803

2024 Scothern 1940s Dance

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!
???? Friday 22nd September 2023
????️ Doors open 18:15
????Harley’s Bar in Staveley, Chesterfield, S43 3UT
????️ £10 including pie and pea supper
Tickets can be purchased from 01246 477410 ir contact Joe on 07731 955439
50s and 60s night at Harkeys in Staveley
May 28 / 29 – Denney Abbey

The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey 1940s weekend 2023

Ely Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9PQ

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

1940s Weekend

This was one of the best events on the calendar in 2021 – a small but perfectly formed 1940s event.   There were battle reenactments and also a fantastic and informative talk on the Battle of Britain.

The 1940s weekend returns on Sunday 28th and Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2023

Re-enactors covering the period will be on site for the whole of the two days, showcasing various aspects of life in the 1940s and during WWII.

The Farmland Museum volunteers will be showcasing artefacts from the 1940s.

The museum and Docky Box Cafe are open from 10am until 4pm each day.

July 29 / 30 | Stapleford
July 29 / 30 | Stapleford
📍Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2SG
🕰️ starts at 10 am each day
📅 Sat 29th and Sun 30th July
🎟️ Adults £6 Children £3
Camping is also available.
Saturday 29th July your performer will be the AMAZING Ashlea Lauren (Miss Evie Ivory). Ashlea has recently moved the the East Midlands and if you haven’t seen her perform you are in for a treat!!
Join us in the Beautiful Grounds of Stapleford park, Ride the miniature railway, soak in the sights, sounds and smells of ww2, we have some of the top reenactors from around the country, Along with traders and fantastic entertainment for you to sing and dance to, we have a 1940s Fashion Show on the sat and a Church Service on the Sunday,
Fri 28th for onsite Campers only
Stapleford Salute to the 1940s 2023