I know you all like my humorous posts, but I hope you'll indulge me and read this post with interest.
Throughout our lives, we each experience strange coincidences that are completely inexplicable, if not downright spooky.
This is a true story, and it really happened to me.................
During World War Two, the county of Lincolnshire was known as "Bomber County" due to the large number of RAF airfields here.
"Operation Chastise", subsequently known as The Dambusters' raid was launched from RAF Scampton Lincoln and carried out by No. 617 Squadron.
On the 50th anniversary of the raid, 1993, I was working as a Promotions Co-ordinator for the Lincolnshire Echo.
All sorts of events were set to take place, and our department had a very busy year indeed.
Pete Reynolds, one of the Echo's sub-editors, produced an award winning publication, called "Dambusters". It was extremely well researched and written.
It was reprinted several times to keep up demand, and I personally, posted out more than 3,000 copies all over the world!
One of the commemorative events was a huge evening concert at the Lincoln Ritz Theatre.
Royal Air Force Senior Officers were invited along with the Mayor and Sheriff of Lincoln and other "chain wearing officials."
There were also members of the original 617 Squadron there too.
As well as the actor Richard Todd who had starred as Guy Gibson in the 1955 Dambusters movie.
As was usual at such events, our department was on hand to serve champagne and canapes to the VIPs during the interval.
We were also selling relevant merchandise in the foyer. This consisted of a documentary video, some "Bomber County" pewter tankards and the afore mentioned Dambusters publication.
It was a fantastic success, and I'm so pleased that I was there. I cannot possibly describe the atmosphere that night!
After encores of both "There'll Always be an England" and "Rule Brittannia", the concert over-ran, so our Boss told us to leave our merchandise secure and return the following morning to collect it. We put the cash we had we taken in the theatre's safe.
The Boss and I returned the next day. I handed the money to him.
BOSS: How much of this money is for publications?
ME: Oh no! In all the rush and confusion, I forgot to take note on which sales were tankards and videos and which was for the publications.
BOSS: You silly girl! (That's not quite what he said!)You should know by now that promotional sales and publication sales go into different accounts.
ME: Hang on, I've got an idea......................
BOSS: Well I hope it's a better idea than the one you had that ended up with the Echo's Santa losing the kids' presents off his sleigh on the A1!
(Oh, dear bloggeroos, that's a post in itself that I must write for you another time!)
ME: No, this one is a good idea! Right, I brought 1000 copies with me last night, so all I have to do is count the copies I have left, take that figure from a thousand, then I'll have the number sold!
BOSS: Big head! Go on then, count 'em.
(He whistled tunelessly whilst I counted.) How many then?
ME: Let's see that's 1000, take away 383, that's...........Oh my God - I don't believe it!
I sold 617 copies.
The Boss stared in disbelief!
Do you remember which squadron flew the Dambusters Raid?
Yes, that's right - Squadron 617.
fade to the tune of the Twilight Zone............doo doo, do do, doo doo, do do................
Have any of you had strange coincidences happen?