Singing To­gether

This England - - Post Box -

TEDDINGTON, MID­DLE­SEX. Sir: I cer­tainly re­mem­ber Singing To­gether on BBC Schools Ra­dio (“Post Box”, Spring/sum­mer 2016). We lis­tened to it on the big wooden box wire­less in Lan­gloan pri­mary school, Coat­bridge, La­nark­shire, in the early 1960s. There were ac­com­pa­ny­ing book­lets with all the songs we would be learn­ing that term. We learned all the tra­di­tional songs, in­clud­ing “Rule Bri­tan­nia”. I don’t sup­pose they learn any pa­tri­otic songs now, more’s the pity! Does any­body re­mem­ber the schools pro­gramme Mu­sic and Move­ment which had us all ex­er­cis­ing to mu­sic? — JAMES B.

SIN­CLAIR, ST. HELIER, JER­SEY. *The au­tumn is­sue of our sis­ter mag­a­zine Ever­green (see page 65) fea­tures an ar­ti­cle about Singing To­gether writ­ten by its long­est-serv­ing pro­ducer Dou­glas Coombes. — Ed.

Sir: I at­tended Tar­por­ley County Pri­mary School, Cheshire, and Singing To­gether was one of the high­lights of the week. The whole school would gather a few min­utes be­fore it started at 11 o’clock on a Mon­day morn­ing.

The ra­dio would be switched on to warm up — it was valves in those days — no tran­sis­tors! Song sheets would be handed out, but un­til we heard the an­nouncer’s voice we didn’t know which songs we would be singing. The one I vividly re­mem­ber is “Car­goes” based on the poem by John Mase­field, with two slow verses and the last verse chanted loudly:

There were many other favourites: “Don­key Rid­ing”; “Cle­men­tine”; “Wide­combe Fair” and “Cock­les and Mus­sels” to name a few.

All too soon we re­sumed nor­mal lessons, but it was a rous­ing way to be­gin the week. Happy days. — BRIAN SALT, spent in Italy dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. Through This Eng­land I have reached vet­er­ans in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Canada, Poland, Is­rael (Pales­tine), all parts of the UK and many vet­er­ans’ fam­i­lies who wish to record their rel­a­tives’ me­moirs. At the same time the Vet­er­ans and I have been fundrais­ing for a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial to hon­our and re­mem­ber all those who fought in Italy.

My late fa­ther served with the Royal Ar­tillery in North Africa and then in the en­tire Italy cam­paign and he used to say that his com­rades, of all na­tion­al­i­ties, were the best mates he ever had! May I say to Pamella that my gen­er­a­tion will never for­get the aid given to us by our Al­lies dur­ing the war and the pur­pose of our me­mo­rial is to en­sure that the next gen­er­a­tions re­alise the fu­til­ity of war. — ANN HAM­LET,


Back to school. Many read­ers have been af­fec­tion­ately re­call­ing the BBC Schools Pro­gramme Singing To­gether. See letters be­low.

This Eng­land Ever­green

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