The band's musical influence was the swing music brought over from
America during World War II. American airmen were frequent
visitors to the Bunwell Swingers' regular Saturday night dance
at the Swardeston Social Club. During the week the band had a
number of other venues at which they would play. Bob
'They would be good nights; as we would say, a good
night out getting to know people. The music was just right ,
not too loud, our kind of music: pity it isn't the same today.
The wallflowers would sit around the dance floor. The men, if
they had the courage to go up to them, would ask them to dance.
If the answer was 'yes', you could have a partner for the
night Perhaps it would escalate from there: good times in our
The music for the last dance was always the same: 'Who's taking
you home tonight'. Made popular by Al Bowlly and during the
war by Vera Lynn, the lyrics said it all:
Who's taking you home tonight
After the dance is through?
Who's going to hold you tight
And whisper, 'I love you I do'
Who's the lucky boy that's going your
To kiss you good night at your
Who's taking you home tonight?
I'm pleading, please let it be me.
Olive Meen from Home Farm would sometimes play piano if Flo was
not available. Flo, often referred to as 'Fag Ash Lil',
continued her playing career long after the Bunwell Swingers
disbanded. Thin as a stick, without sheet music but with a
cigarette always on the go, she could seemingly knock out any tune
you cared to name. For many years she was a regular Thursday
night fixture in the bar at the Caistor Hall Country Club and before
that The Ferry Boat in King Street Norwich.