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The Dancing Sailor

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:20 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Dad always used to tell us a story about dancing with Lady Astor on Plymouth Hoe at the end of WWII. We assumed it was another of his "tall stories" until, decades later and a few years after his death in 1991, my sister spotted his picture in the Plymouth Evening Herald and realised that he had in fact been telling the truth! She took the newspaper to his sister, who of course knew him at the time and verified that it was indeed him. The photograph has featured frequently in articles about Plymouth in WWII and was also used in the exhibition about Nancy Astor in 2019 in Plymouth Guildhall. The Astor centenary event was also marked by a special bus, which travelled around Plymouth for the next two years with the Dancing Sailor photo displayed on it.


Item list and details

Photograph of David Glover dancing with Lady Nancy Astor on Plymouth Hoe during the VE Day celebrations in 1945.

Person the story/items relate to

CPO David George Glover RN DSM 1923-1991

Person who shared the story/items

Louise Gough

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

He was my father

Type of submission

Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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