In 1941 a generation of girls came of age in khaki, serving king and country. Commemorating the 80th anniversary of conscription for women, historian and presenter Tessa Dunlop is joined by two surviving veterans. Betty Webb worked as an intelligence clerk and paraphraser at Bletchley Park and later Staff Sergeant at the Pentagon in Washington. Jean Argles served in the FANY as a code and cipher officer in London before postings in Cairo, Egypt and Italy. Join them for a rare opportunity to hear first-hand what it was like to be young, female and at war in the 1940s.

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Army Girls: The secrets and stories of military service from the final few women who fought in World War II


Cheltenham Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

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