Friday, 25 June 2021

The war that killed 300 Henley men

TODAY’S market stallholders in Falaise Square, Henley, will find a kindred spirit in the character of May Hassal, the tough working woman who a century ago held her life together as nearly 700 men from her home town of Accrington marched out of her life and into the bloody hell of the First World War battle of the Somme.

May is the central character in next month’s Henley Players’ production of Accrington Pals.

Played by Hannah Roberts, May runs her fruit stall in the Lancashire town where every penny counts, come wind, come weather.

Nothing stops for the market or her stall.

“Nothing! Not for the Pals. Not for the war.”

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