Singers bring wartime stories to life

The Three Belles and Matt Wingett. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141485-6823)
The Three Belles and Matt Wingett. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141485-6823)
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singers The Three Belles have turned a real-life war-time stories into a comedy sketch.

The group, joined by Matt Wingett, have transformed stories from the 1940s London Life magazine into a comedy musical show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

But the 1940s singers, Anneka Wass, Isabelle Moore and Sally Anne, need to raise £10,000 for the sketch which is based on real-life stories of people living through the Second World War.

Half has been raised and for Matt the show is a great way of telling the quirky life-stories people submitted to the magazine.

The 46-year-old, from Southsea, said: ‘I stumbled across the magazine in an antique shop and it is off the wall.

‘I bought a few of them and I couldn’t believe some of the things I was seeing.’

Matt added: ‘Talking about the war was prohibited in the magazine so the articles we saw were about other every-day things.

‘It was all tongue-in-cheek and full of stories which approached people’s lives in a light-mannered way. It was so British and really funny.’

Matt heard about the Three Belles and how they wanted to go the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so he contacted them and told them his idea.

Anneka, 24, said: ‘We have always wanted to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so last year started to think of things we could do.

‘Matt came to us and told us of the magazine.

‘We read some of the articles and they were so funny.

‘We thought it would make a good comedy musical show so started writing stories based on some of the contributors.

‘It was just so funny and it was great writing some of the stories. There is one that sticks in my mind about a lady who wore thigh-high boots but she claimed they were for medical reasons even though she couldn’t walk in them. Hopefully it should make for a great show and it should definitely grab some attention.’

Anneka added: ‘Our fundraising is going really well and we are half-way there.

‘We will be holding a series of fundraisers between now and August to reach the full £10,000.’

The Three Belles will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 11 to 16. To donate, email