Jo sheds light on life in Royal Navy for women

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

MORE than 20 real ales will be on tap at a fundrais­ing beer fes­ti­val.

The Colne Val­ley Li­ons Club is host­ing its 17th an­nual Slaith­waite Moon­raker Beer Fes­ti­val to raise money for the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion (RNLI).

With 24 beers and two ciders avail­able, Prosecco has also been added to the menu at £10 per bot­tle.

Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor Rus­sell Parkin­son said: “This year – the cen­te­nary year of the Li­ons or­gan­i­sa­tion – we are sup­port­ing the RNLI.” A MARS­DEN aca­demic has writ­ten an­other book about mar­itime his­tory.

Jo Stan­ley’s book ‘A His­tory of the Royal Navy: Women and the Royal Navy’ was pub­lished ear­lier this month.

The 68-year-old, a re­search fel­low at Lan­caster Univer­sity’s Cen­tre for Mo­bil­i­ties Re­search, said: “I wrote the book be­cause I’m fas­ci­nated by women who go away to sea as a way to get new and more ful­fill­ing ways of liv­ing life.

“It breaks new ground be­cause it’s the first to talk about ALL women in naval ser­vices, in­clud­ing ‘tooth­wrights,’ saw­bones,’ Wrens and aux­il­iary nurses in the Vol­un­tary Aid De­tach­ment (VAD) unit.”

One of the women in­ter­viewed was Norma Hanson, a VAD worker from Al­mond­bury.

Copies of the hard­back book, which was pub­lished by I B Tau­ris, cost £20 each.

Jo’s pre­vi­ous pub­li­ca­tions in­clude ‘Hello Sailor! The Hid­den His­tory of Gay Life at Sea,’ ‘Risk! Women on the Wartime Seas’ and ‘Bold in Her Breeches: Women pi­rates across the ages.’

“My next book will be about a cross-dress­ing sailor set in 1815. ‘Wil­liam Brown,’ from Gre­nada, was the only known black woman to dis­guise her­self as a man on naval ships,” Jo added.

Jo will give a talk about writ­ing at Mars­den Me­chan­ics Hall on Jan­uary 15 at 7.30pm.

The money raised will fund train­ing, which costs £1,500 for ev­ery new crew mem­ber, and equip­ment such as a full all-weather kit, which costs £1,600.

“We are for­tu­nate once again to re­ceive spon­sor­ship for our beer glasses from Sel­bie Op­ti­cians,” Rus­sell added.

The Fes­ti­val takes place at Slaith­waite Con­ser­va­tive Club, Bri­tan­nia Road, from Thurs­day Novem­ber 16 to Sat­ur­day 18.

The fes­ti­val is open on Thurs­day and Fri­day from 6pm – 1pm and

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