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Talks - History; Talks - Biography

Event Description

Harry Kay was an Englishman who fought in WW1. Meet him now, a family man and civilian living through WW2. Hear about his family's struggles. Share with him their worries as they wake up to hear that it is D-Day and they realise their son may be fighting on the French beaches as they listen to the radio broadcasts.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
Simon Waterfield

Meet The Speaker, Simon

Simon Waterfield is a historical writer and performer of acted monologues covering subjects of a historical nature from the C7 to WW2. These are usually delivered in appropriate costume. Simon also writes and tells short stories on a variety of modern subjects. He has performed these stories for The Oddfellows, The WI, Probus, Freemasons, various museums around the country, various Art Organisations, CADW and National Trust, to name but a few.

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!



June 2021

4 out of 5

My friend and I really enjoyed the talk and appreciated the large amount of research that went into it and are very glad we participated, thankyou for such a clever and original way of presenting the information. We would have liked to have had more photos/illustrations and for Simon to have held up the ration books and other original documents for longer periods so we could get up close and study them. And finally it would have been better if he had done a share screen and/or have his image to the side, taking up a less of the screen space so, again, we could study the photos. Other than that it was good, and I look forward to further "stories". Many thanks


June 2021

4 out of 5

I enjoyed the talk as it was given from a different perspective of a father's view of his sons involvement in D Day along with the civilian life of the time


June 2021

5 out of 5

A fascinating insight of D Day viewed from the very personal angle of a father who had himself served in the WW1 trenches and had some idea of what his son might be going through. I liked the way that the routine of their day to day life contrasted with the D Day landings. History is after all about all of us and our experiences of major events.