|First a little background. My name is Constantine Manos, but I go by the nickname ‘Connie’. I was in the United States Air Force and stationed at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk from January 1959 through May 1962.
When I first arrived in Great Britain, I did not have an automobile, thus dependent on my fellow airmen for transportation and entertainment off post. One of the first places I was introduced to was ‘Banham Hall’ where dances were conducted every Saturday night. Usually, young ladies were transported by bus to the dance hall. Also, there were live bands and a small bar for refreshments.
The attached pictures were taken inside of the dance hall around June or July of 1960. The tall young lady is named Brenda Free. At that time, she was from Winfarthing. Of course, it’s been 46 years and did not maintain any type of contact with her. We never dated, but only met occasionally at the dance hall and danced. I do not know who the other young ladies were.
I noticed on the Business Services page of your web-site www.banhamandthebucks.co.uk the name ‘Richard Free’. I’m sure it’s a coincidence, but could there be a chance that Brenda and Richard are related? Wouldn’t that be something?
I think the dance hall closed in 1961, but I’m not sure. Hopefully, you or some of your friends may have some contacts with a few senior citizens who may be able to add to that particular piece of Banham History.
My wife and are planning a trip to the UK in September, 2007 for about a week. We’re going to stay in Woodbridge, but plan on renting a car so we can drive up to Diss and the surrounding villages for some site-seeing.
As a side note, a few of the airmen I was stationed with and I contributed pictures and money and had a web-site developed for the US Air Force squadron we were assigned to in the late 50s and early 60s. This site is at www.78th-bushmasters.org.uk. If you access the site, click on the ‘Then and Now’ link, then click on the ‘Manos’ link, you will see what I looked like in 1960. Picture was taken at Wheelus AB in Libya. I was an aircraft crew chief at that time. Also, there is a recent picture of myself and my wife Susan.
Thanks for reading this and best regards,
Connie, July 2006