Jo sheds light on life in Royal Navy for women
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