We are never disappointed with our evenings with Alan Wallbank and so it was with great expectations as we started the programme.
We started with a surprise, no opener of trains but “Suddenly It’s You” an expressive account of how to handle a fire. Alan used footage from a non-digital age as shown when a non digital phone was used to contact the Fire Brigade. It was amazing to find the “old time” methods of safety in the home being displayed but nevertheless a most appropriate reminder of how fires in the home are often self inflicted.
On then to “The Great Performer” which displayed the Gosport Organ Club and the theatre organ. We viewed the manuals and were introduced to the various pipes and gadgets operated by the organist.
During our interval we heard various organ pieces playing in the background. Then came a visit to “The Motorcyclists Friend” a place noted for the large number of spares for motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and makes.
We couldn’t end a without a visit to the rails, but this time it was the Southsea Miniature Railway taking central stage in “it’s Nice to be Small”. Alan had researched well and we had a variety of views from the black and white photographic era interspersed with colour video clips taking in Sussex and Lincolnshire.