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Wartime Memories at the Monaco
Tuesday 7th June, 2005

Wartime Memories at the Monaco
Colin Bean (Private Sponge), left, pictured recently with other surviving Dad’s Army actors Bill Pertwee (ARP Warden Hodge), Pamela Cundell (Mrs Mildred Fox) and Frank Williams (Rev Timothy Farthing)

A giant tea dance featuring a nostalgic look back to the 1940s is set to mark the end of a successful week celebrating council housing.

And, adding an authentic note from wartime Britain, guest of honour at the party will be one of Wigan’s most famous council tenants, Colin Bean - better known as Private Sponge from Dad’s Army.

Wednesday afternoon, June 8th, will see the Monaco Ballroom in Hindley festooned in bunting and transformed into a 1940s street party. Colin is bringing along some of his memorabilia from the popular TV show, which last year was voted 4th best British sitcom of all time.

The tea dance will be the final event in Wigan and Leigh Housing’s marketing week. The company manages the 24,000 council properties in the borough and has spent the week promoting its work along with council tenants and partner organisations.

Anyone is welcome to attend the tea dance, which will be held between 1 and 4pm. There is a £1 entry fee that includes a free raffle with lots of prizes and a game of prize bingo. Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be provided. People are encouraged to dress in 40s style if they wish to add to the atmosphere.

Peter Gee, chief executive of Wigan and Leigh Housing, said:

“Time flies by so it’s nice sometimes to take a nostalgic look back to how things were in the past. The Monaco is an ideal venue for a tea dance with its huge dance floor and period style ballroom.”

“We will be giving the ballroom an authentic 1940’s look for the afternoon and hope it will be a memorable occasion to close a busy but successful week of events. The programme has included something for everyone as the company has demonstrated its commitment to work with all sections of the community.”

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