Fascinating talks in Northiam

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The Sweeney on our screens - but was it really like that?

Northiam & District Historical & Literary Society is presenting five talks whose themes cover organised crime, the sinking of an ‘unsinkable’ ship; social and political satire; a Victorian heroine (or was she?) and concrete secrets of the Cold War.

The first on Tuesday, January 8, will feature Steve Roberts’ description of his time as a Scotland Yard detective as well as the history of the Met Police Flying Squad, aka The Sweeney. Was life in the Met Police really as gritty (and fashion conscious) as it was portrayed on TV?

Come along on January 22 to hear stories linked to the Titanic, fate-temptingly described as ‘unsinkable’, then celebrate the cutting-edge social and political satire in Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas (much of which is still relevant today!) on February 12. Follow that with the life story of a Victorian heroine on February 26

And our season’s finale on March 12? A talk on how Sussex prepared for nuclear Armageddon in the Cold War.

Finally, visiting as a guest at any of these talks will cost £3. But the Society is currently offering a £5 mini-membership for all five talks; pay on the night or check our website www.ndhls.co.uk for further details. The venue is Northiam Village Hall, TN31 6RA with free on-site parking. All talks start at 7:30pm.

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