Amateur dramatics: a photograph of Holbeach Amateur Dramatic Society from 1948 that appeared in the Spalding Guardian of January 16 was recognised by Vanessa Batup (nee Flynn), who sent this scan of the programme from the original production.
Vanessa Batup says her late mother Josephine Holmes was in the photo taken at the end of the production of Flarepath. Josephine was born in Cowbit, where she was later involved in the construction of the village hall. Vanessa has a programme from the show and the cast list includes: Nancy Kisby (Mrs Oakes); Barbara Hitchings (Maudie Miller); Jean Farrow (Patricia Graham ); Josephine Holmes (Countess Skriczevinsky, Doris); John Mossop (Count Skriczevinsky, Johnny); and Ronald Nurse (Percy). Christopher Harrisson, Richard Rowett, James Malt, Ronald Hammerton and Peter Scarr were also in the production. Vanessa also has a programme and photo from 1947’s Fanny and the Servant Problem and a programme for 1948’s By Candle Light.