Christmas Broadcast

On Christmas Day 1940 the BBC broadcast a radio programme “Christmas Under Fire”, which consisted of a series of outside broadcasts from all around a world at war.  One of the sections, involving evacuees and ‘locals’, was broadcast from Tilty Village Hall.

The Rev. Hugh Cuthbertson was involved in bringing the BBC to Tilty for an item broadcast from Tilty Village Hall.  Local arrangements were handled by the poet John Pudney, who lived at Tilty Hill Farm at the time – instructions were set out in a letter to the Rev. Cuthbertson dated 12th December 1940.

letter

The programme would have finished with a message from the King, and timing was of great importance, as a telegram sent a few days before the broadcast makes this clear; adherence to the schedule is essential.

telegram

Local people were involved in the broadcast, including the Rev. Cuthbertson.

Tilty Village Hall, Christmas Day, 1940