US Consul General and Eleanor Roosevelt to join former US marines at Anniversary Ball

Posted on: 8th November 2012

The longest serving First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt will be making a special guest appearance at a very special Anniversary Ball at The Beech Hill this weekend.

Local actor and director Mary Murphy will appear as Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, and join former marines from the United States and the U.S. Consul General for Northern Ireland at the special evening of dining and music theatre to mark the 70 year anniversary of the US Navy and Marines arrival in Derry/ Londonderry.

The ball will take place at the historical Beech Hill Country House Hotel on Saturday November 10 and will be attended by the US Consul General Gregory Burton.

The event is the latest in a series special events being held by The Beech Hill and The Playhouse to mark the momentous anniversary of the United States entry into WWII in 1941, and the US Navy's selection of the city as the location for their Base One Europe.

Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest serving First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 and is today celebrated as an international author, speaker, politician, and activist in the States.

The woodlands and fields around what is now the Beech Hill Country House Hotel were transformed into the main accommodation camp for the Naval Base.

Dance classes exploring the dancing style of World War II, including the foxtrot and jitterbug, have been running for several weeks in the run up to the special ball.

Pauline Ross, Founder and Director at The Playhouse said: "These fabulous series of events have been about bringing to life the wartime years for local people, it's about celebration, reminiscence and exploration of an extraordinary period in this city's history."


"We're also honoured and humbled to have so many former marines attend, along with US Consul General Gregory Burton. We know this will be a very special night of commemoration and celebration."

Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest serving First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 and is today celebrated as an international author, speaker, politician, and activist in the States.

"Her appearance at this ball is so very important" Pauline Ross, Founder and Director at The Playhouse said.

"Once the United States entered WWII, she was very active on the homefront, frequently visiting civilian and military centres to boost morale. We're delighted that Mary Murphy will bring her memory back for former US Navy and Marines."

Tickets for the Anniversary Marine Ball on Saturday November 10 at 7.30pm are £25. To book contact The Beech Hill on (028)7134 9279.

 

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