DADS ARMY 1978 - 2000
Dads Army started in 1978 with a group of ex-servicemen meeting on a Sunday night in the back room of Halton Royal British Legion for a pint and a sing-a-long.
They decided to join the Halton Carnival and using the old de-mob uniforms and uniforms that found their way from the King's Regiment barracks, they borrowed Harry Wilby's coal lorry, decorated with sandbags and hessian, and with Jimmy O'Neal playing the Legion piano and Tommy Collins dressed as Hitler, sang their way through Runcorn and Widnes.
Later Jack Ashcroft suggested that Dads Army started a Rally Section similar to the one at Weston Point RBL to further comradeship among ex-servicemen.
The Halton Royal British Legion Rally Section was started in 1979 and continues today, helping Dads Army to perform for charity at the local hospitals, residential homes and hospices.
The original Dads Army were :