Joan Styan - the 1940's

from BBC WW2 People's War:

Music, radio, dancing and films all helped to make wartime hardships easier. I can well remember going to the Gaumont cinema in Chelsea when I was 15 with my mother to see the film 'Brief Encounter' just after the war. She came out of the cinema in tears and all she could say was "What a wonderful film.". Rarely had I seen her display such emotion. We also saw the unforgetable film 'In Which We Serve' by Noel Coward which was riveting. As my father was serving in the Navy during the war this film was very close to our hearts. 'Gone With The Wind' which was American, was another incredible …   more >>
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Ashley Leather, Audrey Lewis, Iain C Macpherson, Joan Styan, John Gardiner, John Kelly, Joseph J Brown, Josie Vernon and Tom Canning, BBC WW2 People's War. accessed: 24 February, 2024 (BBC WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The archive can be found at


Listening to

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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
written by Manning Sherwin
White Christmas
written by Irving Berlin
performed by Bing Crosby

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 07 Jun 2014 15:32:18 +0100