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Grand Concert for Flood Relief

9 March 1953 in Harpenden Public Hall

Recently deposited in the Society’s archives by John Wyborn, one-time member of the Cobra Club: Concert programme and advertisements – BF 6.14.

Announcement in the Herts Advertiser. Credit: LHS archives

The Cobra Club, an organisation of young people in Harpenden who met for social activities and to raise money for local charities, organised a Grand Variety Concert in the Public Hall in support of the Lord Mayor of London’s Flood and Tempest Relief Fund. This was in response to the devastation caused by the North Sea Floods just six weeks before, during the night of 31 January to 1 February 1953. This had caused loss of life and had forced 30,000 people to evacuate their homes.

The programme was put together with contributions from Harpenden Drama League, Harpenden Light Operatic Society, Harpenden Ballet School, Harpenden Boy Scouts (Gang Show) and St John’s Youth Club (Vaudeville). Tickets ranged from 1/6d to 10/6d, obtainable from Thorn’s in the High Street. It is not known how much was raised for the Relief Fund.

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  • Thanks to John Wyborn for contributing this item. I wonder whether he remembers me? I saw the Concert and reviewed it for the Harpenden Free Press. It’s mentioned in my book ‘The View from Church Green’. The Cobra Club was a great social and charitable activity for young Harpenden people. For the concert, they brought together a lot of local talent and there are many well-remembered names in the programme, including Maurice Drake who gave a lovely tenor rendition of ‘Take a pair of sparkling eyes’. The second half was memorable for a terrific performance from long-legged Ken Green as the villainous Squire William Corder, while a local beauty, Jacqueline Furneaux was the innocent village maiden in an enactment of The Murder in the Old Red Barn.

    By John Seabrook (27/09/2015)

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