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Past Laptops for our future

Cllr Martin Saunders of Horley Town Council has launched an appeal for old working laptops which may be stored away and sitting unused in a cupboard.

Martin is collecting these in order to refurbish them for donation to local schools so they can be used by families not able to afford their own equipment to get online. So far, 44 laptops have been generously donated.

Martin recently spoke with SUSY Radio’s Mark Tickner about the project:

If you have a working laptop which you don’t need any more, and it originally came with Windows 7, 8 or 10 please get in touch with Martin at [email protected].

Pictured: Martin hands over 7 laptops to Horley’s Oakwood School
Image courtesy of Martin Saunders

VE Day 75th Anniversary

Tuesday 8 May 1945 was ‘Victory in Europe’ (VE) Day. It marked the formal end of Hitler’s war, with the acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

The news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the country with a national holiday being declared, and people from all walks of life coming together to mark the moment.

SUSY Radio marked the event with a special programme produced by our Neil Munday with contributions kindly provided by Mike Skinner.


Vera Lynn – We`ll Meet Again
Irving Berlin – This is the Army Mr Jones
Voice – Daphne talking about Evacuation when aged 10
Anne Shelton – A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Voice – Winston Churchill – Their Finest Hour (Edit)
Sound Effect – Air Raid Warning
Sam Brown with Joe Loss and his Orchestra – The Spitfire Song
Flanagan and Allen – We`re Gonna Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line
Voice – Winston Churchill – Some Chicken …Some Neck (Canadian Address1941 Excerpt)
Billy Cotton and His Band – Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major
Voice – Winston Churchill – Give us the Tools edit
Glen Miller – In The Mood
Voice – Ken – VE Day memory aged 7
Tony Pastor and his Orchestra – Obey You`re Air Raid Warden
Carrol Gibbons and his Orchestra – I`m going to get up (When the lights go on in London)
Voice – Winston Churchill – The end of the war in Europe (May 8th 1945 in Full)
Margret Eaves with Joe Loss and his Orchestra – `V` stands for Victory
Voice – Sir Seymour Hicks introducing Gracie Fields (Middle East ENSA concert 78RPM copy)
Gracie Fields – Sing As We Go
Voice – Bill and Jill – VE Day Memory aged around 15
Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra – Opus No1
The Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Voice – Daphne – VE Day Party memory aged 16
Woody Herman and his Orchestra – At The Woodchoppers Ball
Anne Shelton with Ambrose and his Orchestra – I`m Stepping Out with a Memory Tonight
Vera Lynn – White Cliffs of Dover

The Queen’s VE Day Message

Mervyn, from London, was just 18 when he signed up to serve in the British Army. He trained in Scotland and Leeds before heading to France and experiencing D-Day and other major milestones of the Second World War, including the liberation of Bergen Belsen. Mervyn stays in touch with other veterans and their decendents via Facebook and through groups that make regular trips to places of remembrance.

©Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Margaret Joy Hunter graduated from secretarial college during the second world war and quickly found herself at the heart of Churchill’s government, working long shifts in the War Cabinet. Here she reflects on her unique experiences; from typing the orders for D-Day, to enjoying a movie night with Churchill in his pyjamas and finally the exhilarating atmosphere of VE Day at Buckingham Palace and The Mall.

©Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Winston Churchill announcing Germany’s unconditional surrender

A truck of revellers cheer as they pass through London’s Strand – ©English Heritage

Battersea residents can be seen waving flags and hanging bunting – ©English Heritage

Harlequin Theatre re-purposed as community support centre

The closed Harlequin Theatre has been given a new role as the centre of the Council’s community support initiative.

It has been re-purposed as the centre employed with the organising of essential assistance for vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

Council staff have been redeployed from their normal jobs and are joined by volunteers in distributing food, medicines and essential supplies to high risk and vulnerable residents needing to stay at home, as well as to those in severe financial need.

The Council is working with Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB) to mobilise and coordinate the volunteer response to Coronavirus, and additional volunteers would be most welcome. Anyone wishing to volunteer can register on the VARB website at

Cllr Mark Brunt, Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, spoke with Neil Munday about the project:

The Harlequin is not open to the public. If you need support, see the Council’s ‘I need help‘ page or call 01737 276000


Kay Hymas – ‘Reigate and Banstead Writes’ – Update

Organiser Kay Hymas spent the whole of an Afternoon Stroll with David, talking about the history of the ‘Reigate & Banstead Writes’ story-writing competition for school pupils.
The 2020 competition, which opens for entries on 1st February; and the new ‘RH Fringe’ festival in June which is spinning off the original concept.

The current coronavirus crisis has regretably caused the cancellation of the planned launch event for the time being.

However, the competition IS still going ahead with deadline day being extended to 10th April. The organisers are encouraging stories to be sent to [email protected]
Full details can be found HERE.

For more information, please visit:
Twitter: @RBWrites1

‘SHE’ in session with Steve Jesson

‘SHE’ are are four piece Indie Rock band formed in South East London in 2019.

Taking inspiration from acts such as Wolf Alice, Frightened Rabbit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a healthy dose of Pop Punk bands like Sum 41, Paramore and The Offspring.

‘SHE’ visited the Susy studios to chat and perform a live classic cover and gave the chance to hear their new single Switch, ahead of their upcoming gig in Dalston on Saturday 29th February.

More information on the gig can be found at

Facebook: @shebandlondon