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Dancing to vintage music of the 1940’s and 1950’s, East Cowes Town Hall, Saturday 1st March, 2014

The Amy White Theatre at East Cowes Town Hall once again hosted a vintage dance, with music from the 40s and 50s, with entertainment by DJ Memphis Martin.DSC_0621

These monthly dances are proving to be very popular and are always very well attended, with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the Amy White Theatre within the town hall.

Alan and Sylvia joining in the fun!

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View from the balcony, and David White charming the ladies as usual!DSC_0607 DSC_0605

Dave and Carol (left), and Alan and Jeanine having fun!DSC_0603 DSC_0601

The dance floor was busy all night … Emily and Marcie having a great time!DSC_0633

DJ Memphis Martin takes a break …


A wonderful night out, come and join us next month on Saturday 26th at the same venue!!

For more information visit the facebook page at “Dancing in East Cowes” for all upcoming monthly dances and events, or the East Cowes Town Council website at



1940’s and 50’s Dance, East Cowes Town Hall, 1st Febuary 2014

East Cowes Town Hall was once again the venue for a 1940’s and 50’s Dance, with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the Amy White Theatre. Organised by The Amy White Appreciation Committee, these monthly dances are proving to be very popular, with the hall being almost full on this occasion!
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The dance floor was very busy
Entertainment was provided by Vectis 40’s Vintage founders Alan and Sylvia Williams,
pictured below with Jeanine (left),  and Alan spinning another vinyl classic (right)
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A great evening was had by everyone!
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For more information visit the facebook page at “Dancing in East Cowes” for all upcoming monthly dances and events, or the East Cowes Town Council website at
 Why not join us all next month, everyone welcome!

Vectis 40’s Vintage Christmas Party, 1st December, 2013

A Vectis 40’s Vintage Christmas dinner was held at the Rex Piano Bar in Ventnor, on Sunday 1st December.

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A three course Christmas traditional menu was on offer, and was enjoyed by all members.

After dinner there was an old fashioned singing of wartime favourites, accompanied by the resident pianist and Jeanine on tambourine!

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A wonderful time was had by all !!

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Merry Christmas to everyone!!

Havenstreet 1940s Weekend, 6th and 7th July 2013

Vectis 40’s Vintage members enjoyed a weekend of nostalgia and vintage fun at the annual Havenstreet 1940’s weekend.
The glorious weather and very high temperatures of around 30 degrees was a welcome bonus. The farm boys were busy making hay while the sun was shining!DSCN0969

The replica spitfire was very popular, as were the train ridesDSCN0956 DSCN1060

Carol was busy looking at the vintage displays, and the vintage motors looked stunning…DSCN0973 DSCN0981

Meanwhile, Vectis 40s Vintage members, David, David and David(!) were travelling in style on the vintage trains …

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Viv the Spiv compered the entertainment in his own cheeky manner.. Not arf!! The three belles provided the glamour, belting out wartime hits and a selection of new songs from their latest CD.

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The police were on hand in case of any trouble…

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Dancing displays were performed by the excellent Cinque Port LindyhoppersDSCN1096 DSCN1093

Derek Hartley also performed for the crowds in the style of Fred AstaireDSCN1137

Vectis 40s members Alan and Sylvia met up with David and Carol, whilst Barry and Tony were on the street keeping everyone safe!


A marvellous day was had by all, looking forward to doing it again in 2014!DSCN1065


VE Celebrations Weekend, in aid of Hounds for Heroes…

A fantastic VE Celebrations Weekend was held on saturday 4th and sunday 5th of may at East Dene in Bonchurch on the Island, organised by Jayne Read.
The entertainment kicked off on the Saturday with the Silhouette Show, three young ladies singing in the style of the Andrews Sisters, which went down very well.

Among the attractions was a display of vintage vehicles …

The Naafi wagon and pop-up tea parlour provided refreshments, along with burger and crepe stalls for the hungrier appetites!

Further daytime entertainment was provided by the excellent Ricky Hunter, and his trumpet.
This very talented performer took to the stage for a morning and an afternoon session. He performed many wartime songs along with an amazing trumpet rendition of pavarotti’s Nesun Dorma. The day was rather cloudy, apart from a brief bright spell, which came as Ricky started singing “Bring me Sunshine”, much to the amusement of the audience!

He finished his afternoon set and the close of the afternoon, with the last post. The standard was carried by Alan Williams.

On Saturday evening, a 1940’s dance was held at the same venue. The evening consisted of a buffet with cottage pie or stew followed by bread and butter pudding. A dance demonstration by Derek and Claire Hartley in the style of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers was very popular. 
A 40’s disco by Alan and Sylvia Williams, and a best dressed male and female competition was followed by a raffle to raise money for the Hounds for Heroes charity.
The main entertainment of the evening was provided by the Jim Thorn Jazz band. This mainly Ryde based act were very popular, and the dance floor was full for most of the evening. Around 100 people attended, wearing 1940s attire.
Alan celebrated his upcoming birthday with a superb cake, happy birthday mate!!
The following day, Sunday, began with glorious sunshine, which continued for the rest of the day, much to the delight of all concerned.

Alan and Sylvia caught up on some reading …

Vectis 40’s members, Dave Johnson, Alan Williams and David White took part in some re-enactment scenes …

The bright sunshine brought out the colours of the girl’s dresses …

Tony was keeping an eye on proceedings …

Dave in the Home Guard, and Carol wearing ATS uniform …

And Ricky Hunter once again entertained the visitors …

After many months of planning, Jayne was finally able to relax …

A big thank you to Jayne for a wonderful weekend!


1940s Dance, Saturday 9th March 2013, Northwood W.I. Hall

Members of the Vectis 40s Vintage club welcomed all to a fabulous 40s Dance evening at Northwood W.I Hall on Saturday 9th March 2013.
Tea was served along with some delicious home baking, and  war time favourites such as carrot cake, bread pudding, pastries, buns and some gorgeous individual tarts!

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Entertainment was provided by Alan and Sylvia, playing a great selection of wartime faves..

There was much entertainment on the dance floor, with lessons by Roger and Linda, much appreciated by David and Carol in particular! Look forward to more lessons in future maybe?
Apart from Roger and Linda  who danced wonderfully, Les and Heather acquitted themselves very well on the floor!

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                                                                  Roger and Linda


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                                                       David with Carol’s friend Val

A group picture of current members of Vectis 40s Vintage members was taken by Marie Colquhoun of Marie’s Digital Photography

Followed by a competition for best dressed male and female.
Barry took the prize for best dressed male with his superb nautical uniform!
Pictured below (left) with Tony.


Heather took the honours for best dressed female with her lovely 40’s outfit! (below 4th from left)

After a good old sing song ….

…Came the very well stocked raffle… prizes demonstrated by Les and Heather!!

Roger and Linda seemed to have the lucky tickets, winning lots of goodies and later shouting “put them back” when their numbers continued to be picked!! Must get them to do my lottery numbers!!

A fantastic evening was had by all, and lots of money raised for charity…
Will update when I have the details….
Looking forward to the next 40s night tomorrow (23rd March at  Newport Catholic Church Hall at 7-30pm Dance, Quiz and raffle prize for best dressed american supper all for £3-00 in aid of the IOW Lourdes Group.)

More photos from our evening ……

                                                               Barry, Angie and Tony

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Christmas dinner, The Rex, Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Sunday 2nd December, 2012.

Vectis 40s Vintage members had a wonderful Xmas lunch at the Rex piano bar in Ventnor last Sunday. Members all wore period unoforms and civilian clothing from the 40s….

Posing on the (freezing( balcony!!

Say “Cheese”!!


Sylvia and Alan
David and David

Tony and Angie

Jayne and Simon

Dave and Carol

Les and Heather

The four Dave’s!!

Sylvia, Heather and Carol

                                    Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to one and all !!