SEVEN decades ago, while young Arbroathians were giving their lives for their country in all parts of the world in what turned out to be the bloodiest conflict of the 20th century, at home, their mums, dads, grannies and granddads were working in munitions, as air raid wardens, policemen, etc., doing their bit for the British war effort.
On top of this, these ordinary people of Arbroath managed to collect the sum of £5,000 (probably equivalent of £1,000,000 nowadays) by organising dances, shows, boxing matches, etc., to pay for a Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft which was duly manufactured at Castle Bromwich and named ‘Red Lichtie’.
During the past year the ‘Red Lichtie’ committee has organised various events to make this year a memorable anniversary and on Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, they will be running a show in the Webster Memorial Theatre. It will feature some of the best local talent and promises to be a splendid all singing and dancing tribute to our Armed Forces both past and present and to those Red Lichties of Auld Lang Syne.
All proceeds will go to military charities, so show your support and be a part of these celebrations by booking your tickets at the Webster Memorial Theatre Box Office on 01241 435800 or online at www.webstertheatre.co.uk All seats are priced at £12.
Box office opening hours are Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.