It was so desperately sad to hear of the passing of Victoria Wood yesterday. She was an amazingly talented writer and performer, which is something we had first hand experience of at the Museum in 2010.
Filming for a BBC documentary “A Nice Cup Of Tea” took place at the Museum in October 2010, with Victoria presenting the programme and meeting some museum volunteers. One of the ‘strands’ of the programme was focused on Winston Churchill’s comment that we could not have won the war without tea, or ‘char and a wad’ as it was referred to at the time.
So, Museum volunteers Ron Stewart, ex Wellington bomber ground crew and Ray Ashby, with his Royal Navy service background, joined our friend Harry “Bluey” Mottershead from 158 Squadron and other veterans for a chat with Victoria over a fresh, strong brew in the ‘NAAFI’, a very appropriate place indeed to share their memories.
The very best and most talented people in any profession always manage to make their work look effortless and Victoria Wood was no exception. She was a pleasure to work with on the day as well as being great fun and made our staff and volunteers feel so relaxed.
Victoria also kindly posed for a photograph with three of our “NAAFI” Restaurant catering staff, much to their delight, and this much loved photograph is still pinned on the wall in the kitchen.
We remember Victoria as a warm and witty person and all of our staff who met her are feeling truly upset today at her passing.
We take comfort from the fact that she made so many of us laugh out loud across the years and that the legacy of her work will continue to do so for many years to come. Our thoughts are with her close friends and family today.