This was our third evening at the Forge and also the first TSTL of what we laughingly call summer. That meant we could have the windows open at the top of the venue to keep the temperature pleasant and it was not quite dark when we finished. A packed house (as ever) heard Julia Eccleshare tell the story of a family expedition up Ben Nevis in the days before mobile phones and the wrapping of children in cotton wool. Author, journalist and performer Virginia Ironside described what it was like to be adopted by a pigeon. Our musician was Jake Wilson who sang a song from his record All’s Well about the five men who didn’t return from Scott’s expedition to the South Pole. Richard Williamson described how as a 19 year old in Atlanta he’d chosen to go to prison rather than miss out on the chance of a trip to Europe with a girl. Finally Bobby Bakerrecalled life in Sidcup in the 50s when an exploded bomb would be removed by a policeman on a bike.
Thanks to everyone who came and took part. Stay tuned for details of the time and place of our next event.