Hadleigh Public Hall

War Time Memories 1940s

Joyce Polly

When on leave from the Merchant Navy,  I used to visit the hall for the Saturday evening dances, a five-piece dance band on the stage and the hall packed with serving personnel from around the area, including WRENS from HMS Westcliff.

The dance would end with a mad Palais Glide and then the Waltz, “Who’s Taking You Home Tonight?”

My partner was Joyce Polly, whose family I believe lived in Ash Road. A few years ago at a Hadleigh Forum meeting, I met up with Joyce after over 50 years.

At a recent meeting, I heard from Derek Barber’s sister that Joyce was living in Thorpe Bay. I hope Joyce does not mind me showing her photo, someone may recognise her!

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  • If my memory serves me correctly Georgina married Alex Stenhouse then a player for Southend United, I took some photos at the time and got them processed in time for their reception in the evening. Many years later whilst working I met Alex’s best man, also a United player, in West Yorkshire when I recognised the photo of United on his office wall. (Jones?)

    By Les Day (20/06/2021)
  • Nice surprise to see a lovely picture of my sister Joyce. Also sorry I missed you Don, I remember you well, what good times they were. Ahhh,  Hadleigh was a great place to grow-up in those days!!! Georgina Polley.

    By Georgina (nee polley) (27/10/2013)
  • This is great, finding out all these connections. I too remember the Polly family, they had a tribe of very pretty daughters, I remember Jean and particularly Georgina, whom I had a great crush on when I was fourteen and at King John’s School. Alas, it came to nought, but I did try to look her up when visiting the UK in the 90s, but I’m afraid she was away on vacation somewhere. Thwarted again!

    By Don Thompson [jnr] (20/11/2012)
  • I remember some of the Polly family, especially the younger ones. I lived in Daws Heath from 1947 until 1954 and Daphney and Malcom Polley who also lived there were friends of mine, but we lost touch when we were older. Pat.

    By Pat Millard (03/10/2011)

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