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Shortstown Heritage

Mr Bernard Monshin - resident of Greycote

Bernard Monshin was a popular Orchestra Conductor and Composer who was well known on the London theatre circuit and on BBC radio in the 1930's with his band 'Bernard Monshin and his Rio Tango Band'. He was also an accomplished violinist. With the outbreak of war Bernard Monshin joined the RAF and was based at Cardington Camp. His name first appears in the Electoral records in 1945 as residing in Greycote and whilst electoral registers were suspended for the years 1939 - 1944 in all probability he lived in the village earlier as he is pictured as early as January 1942 in the camp in full RAF uniform- see photo opposite. Although he was known as Bernard Monshin his name on the registers appears as Bernard Moonshine.

Monshin 6 Jan 1942 empoloyees danceSM

Mr Conder remembers him as a kind man who gave him and his mother a lift to Bedford one day and also as someone lucky enough to own a fridge who sold ice creams to the locals from his back door! Mr Bell also remembers Mr Monshin as being heavily involved in all aspects of entertainment in the camp at the time.

B Monshin Music book

An EP record featuring Bernard Monshin and his band.

Down old Spanish trail

An old music sheet - arrangements and score by Bernard Monshin

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