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Published by the Mix96 News Team at 3:25pm 6th May 2016.

A musical play - 'Don't You Know There's A War On' tells the story of a plane crash that happened in the town during 1943.

An aircraft on its way back to Horwood Aerodrome, which was a training airfield, hit the top of a tree and lost control.

As it plunged to the ground, houses on the High Street were hit, aswell as The Chandos Arms, killing the landlord, his next door neighbour and his son.

Previous primary school teacher, Chris Chapman is the writer, she told us: "The plane finally ended up crashing into a row of cottages on Rose Cottages, which were inhabited by a Jewish family who had come down from London to escape the bombings.

"There was lots of tragedy, lots of people were killed but that was just a small part.

"And Winslow being Winslow, everyone picked themselves up and life had to go on.

"There's only one picture I know that exists of the plane crash and we have a copy of the local paper with it in, but I just felt it's part of local history and it needs to be recorded.

"So that's why I decided to write the play."

Chris originally wrote the play in 1994 ready for the 50th anniversary of the end of World War 2. 

It's now being performed again at Winslow Public Hall.

Chris told us: "The play is a series of narration about life in Winslow, England, Europe, The World based on interviews who were here at the time, like the The Land Army Girls and a canteen for the forces run by local women."

She says it's a fun way to remember local history: "We do encourage people who come along to sing because we have lots of music, a very talented pianist, so audience participation is on the cards!"

The cast are all local too, coming from Buckingham, Winslow and Leighton Buzzard.

Tickets for 'Don't You Know There's A War On' cost £6 for the 2.30pm performance on Saturday May 7th and £8 for the 7.30pm performances on Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th.

You can buy tickets on the door but it's advised to book in advance from the box office on 07745 223365 or Divine Diva in the High Street, 01296 712728.

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