‘Allo ‘Allo! at The Old Station Tintern

Listen very carefully – we shall say ziss only once…

IMG_1810 copy.jpgOn Friday evening (22nd September) the old clock at Tintern Station went back to the 1940s and to a well know café in France. Paul and Wendy Sidney from Pontypool (South Wales Boarderers WW11 reenacment group) were on attention parking the cars. Captain Sidney said: “Stop. You cannot park there. There is a war on you know.”

IMG_1812 copy.jpgTony and Sue Horton with Julie and Tony Slater. Captain Horton said: “We enjoy reenactment because it is the sort of thing that keeps the history of the 40s alive and it educates people in the local community about the recent past.”

IMG_1831 copy.jpgVisitors entered Renée and Edith’s  (Played by (Photographed above) Emmanuel Koutsis and Debra Meftah)  restaurant – but they may have chosen a bad night. Renée had agreed to look after the painting of the Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies in the cellar, to keep it safe till the war is over. But Herr Flick of the Gestapo was on its trail on the orders of Hitler himself.

IMG_1827 copy.jpgLocals Peter Allard, Pat Allard, Fiona Gibson and Bill Gibson enjoying the wine and song of WWII France. Michelle of the French resistance could not have picked a worse time to hide the British airmen in the same cafe. Renée had to use all his ingenuity – not to mention his wife’ appalling cabaret singing – to throw Herr Flick off the scent. It was not easy, especially when Officer Crabtree turned up to lend a hand.

IMG_1834 copy.jpgFeaturing a host of favourite characters from the classic sitcom, the evening of food and comedy made sure, as officer Crabtree might say, “You were stool loafing the following moaning!”

IMG_1839 copy.jpgPeople enjoyed a three-course meal and the after-dinner entertainment by singer Blitztime Sally. A bar was available selling local ale, wine and soft drinks and guests to the café came in period costume.

IMG_1819 copy.jpgMembers of the staff of The Old Station photographed ( Left to Right): Paul Cheesman, Dan Hobman, Michelle Cheesman, Helen Dobbs, Yvonne Davies and John Sterry,

The Old Station nestles beside the River Wye in the heart of the Wye Valley in Tintern. This idyllic 10 acre site boasts the best of what Monmouthshire has to offer; fantastic food at our award winning tea-room, family events and live music throughout the summer, a brand new children’s play area and zip wire and a great base for walks along the Wye Valley.

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Set during the Second World War,Allo Allo! tells the fictitious story of René Artois a café owner in the town of Nouvion, France. Military from the Axis powers have occupied the town and stolen all of its valuable artefacts. These include a painting of The Fallen Madonna by Van Klomp (usually referred to as The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies). Two officers, Colonel Kurt von Strohm and Captain Hans Geering, have decided to keep the paintings for themselves after the war, and they coerce René into hiding the paintings in his café.

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