Hello! My name is Dave. I am a journalist and dance teacher living in Yorkshire. I write for a US magazine called the Syncopated Times and I’m currently researching an article about swing dance in Britain. I have been a keen swing dancer for about 10 years - we now call it Lindy Hop, but you may know it as jitterbug or jive. Whatever you call it, I had always assumed it was popular here as in America during the 1940s. I have since learned that this is not so much the case – that foxtrot and quickstep dominated British dance halls all through the war and afterwards! I hear though that there were some jitterbug dancers... Were you one of them? Were your parents or grandparents? If so, I would love to hear from you! I’m really keen to hear stories of dancing from the 20s to the 50s. If you have some to share, please do. You can reach me by email using [email protected] or call me on 07894440519. Many thanks!
For my Uncle John who was captured by the Japanese and tortured. His eyelids were cut off and after the war he arrived home an emaciated 6' 3" shadow of the laughing rambunctious man who marched away from all he loved and cared for. The family gathered eagerly at the railway station to meet him; he stepped off the train and bowed low to everyone as he was forced to do during his internment. He never recovered and coped with life by drinking, a stranger to his family. He died much too young, broken and lost. Remember how they all suffered for our precious freedom.