Monday, 9 June 2014

All the nice girls love a sailor

While tidying up the blog a bit I noticed this unfinished report from COW last year.  Presented by Jim Roche, this session recounted his late father's experiences in the Royal Navy during WW2 and was illustrated with slides and songs.  Yes - another COW singalong!
Basic training at HMS Drake - one of the RN's 'stone frigates'.
Jim describes the 1937 Fleet Review - scene of the notorious 'Woodrooffe Incident' when broadcaster (and former RN officer) Thomas Woodrooffe's commentary was rather compromised by his booze intake.  "The fleet's all lit up" quoth he.  Something it had in common with him.  Have a listen to the recording here.
Not the finest tribute ever paid to County class cruisers....


Arthur said...


I doubt the Goons could have improved on that commentary. Tears in my eyes.


Tim Gow said...

I knew you'd like it!