Theatre group wants to hear from real-life Home Guard stalwarts

THE words ‘Home Guard’ immediately conjure up images of Walmington on Sea and Captain Mainwaring’s hilarious bumbling troop of volunteers.

It is this fondly remembered picture that the Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS) will be bringing to the stage in their production of Dad’s Army, currently in rehearsals.

But 70 years ago, things were very different with the threat of German invasion a real and constant worry.

Competition was strong between the different companies in the Calder Valley and one famous exercise between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge companies ended in bloodshed when one accused the other of cheating in the “Taking of Cornholme Station.”

Todmorden’s Home Guard troop stood down in 1944 and most of those who filled its ranks are no longer alive but as a salute to those who survive, TAODS would like to hear from family members who have stories and photos to share.

It would be an honour to invite surviving members and their families to the opening night of Dad’s Army on June 22 to swap tales and enjoy the comedy that made the television series so popular. Contact Justine Sutcliffe on 07970 857258.

Dad’s Army will run from Wednesday, June 22, through to Saturday, June 25. Tickets are all £6 on Wednesday, £8 for Thursday and Friday (£6 concessions) and all tickets are £8 on Saturday, obtainable from the Todmorden Information Centre (01706 818181), online at www.todhip.org or at the box office.