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Teddington Society Annual Lecture raises £500 for RNLI

Teddington Society Annual Lecture raises £500 for RNLI

Mike Pemberton, Lacy Curtis-Ward and John Tough

A full house at The Lensbury was recently enthralled by an evening of entertainment that recalled the heroic events of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, and Teddington’s role in it.

The event was the second Teddington Society annual lecture. Stars of the evening were John Tough, grandson of the legendary Douglas Tough, and singer-songwriter Mike Pemberton (pictured above with Lensbury Chief Executive Lacy Curtis-Ward). Together, they created an evening of nostalgia, folk music, wit, charm, old photos and historic film.

The evening was a huge success: it raised a remarkable £500, which we have donated to the Teddington RNLI – which today has its base just metres away from the original Tough’s Boatyard.

The Boatyard was a familiar landmark on the Thames at Teddington. It was from there that Douglas Tough organised and assembled 120 private boats to join in Operation Dynamo, which helped rescue more than 385,000 soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk. At the lecture, John Tough vividly described that historic event, and he also traced the history of the family business since its foundation as Tough & Henderson in 1917.

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Mike Pemberton then sang his specially written ballad, a powerful musical tale full of drama and action which was accompanied by archive footage from the Imperial War Museum and other sources. Afterwards, Sheena Harold, Chairman of the Society, thanked Mike and John for combining to create an absorbing and entertaining evening. She also paid tribute to Lacy Curtis-Ward, Chief Executive of The Lensbury, who generously provided the excellent facilities for the evening.

Watch out for details of next year’s third Teddington Society annual lecture. And see Mike Pemberton performing his engaging ballad here

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