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BOOKINGS are being taken for the 2019 Specsavers Liberation Tea Dance, which celebrates the 74th anniversary of the end of the Occupation.

Sue and Steve Mace on the dancefloor at the 2018 Specsavers Liberation Tea Dance. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 21377676)

Those who lived in Guernsey through the Occupation, were evacuated, deported or saw active service are eligible to apply for free tickets.

It will take place on Friday 10 May at Beau Sejour between 1.30 and 4pm. The popular Ashby Big Band will make a return visit, along with 1940s singing and dancing entertainers.

Local singer/songwriter Jim Delbridge will perform some war-inspired songs from his new album The Navigator.

A traditional Guernsey afternoon tea, sponsored by local stores, will be served and the event promises to be as lively as ever.

Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins said: ‘The tea dance is always very popular and we’re excited that it’s the time of the year again to start making plans for the event. The dancing and the music are my favourite part of the day and guests will be able to dance and sing along to all the old favourites.’

Dame Mary said the event acknowledged the suffering of islanders during the war years.

‘Demand for tickets is always very high and Beau Sejour can only accommodate a certain number of people for health and safety reasons,’ she said.

‘If you didn’t live through the Occupation, serve in the forces or were not evacuated from the island, remember that you may be denying someone else a place by applying.’

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Islanders are encouraged to come to the event in 1940s clothes, military uniform or traditional Guernsey dress to add a sense of nostalgia to the day.

The application form is printed in 5today's Guernsey Press and is also available from Specsavers’ support office at La Villiaze, or by post or email from the Specsavers PR team, telephone 233667 or email events@specsavers.com.

Tickets will be posted nearer the event. No bookings will be taken over the phone.

. Tickets for the hangar balls go on sale on 30 January from www.ticketsource.co.uk.

Nigel Baudains

By Nigel Baudains
News reporter

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