If you’ve listened to previous episodes of “Cottoning On”, my late father Geoffrey Banks’ memoir, you’ll have learned about his early years growing up in the industrial town of Bolton in the 1920s and 30s, some comical memories of his family and school life plus hints at his future career as both a teacher and an actor.
Now there’s a recently recorded bonus episode about his one and only truly dramatic war adventure in 1944 when his plane got lost in fog over the Atlantic, some 275 miles away from the nearest land. A crash landing in the ocean seemed inevitable but a combination of Fate and the pilot Hank Coates’ skill meant that the crew were able to make landfall in the Republic of Ireland. Now all they had to worry about was being arrested by the authorities and interned for the remainder of the war.
Find out if they manage to escape the clutches of the Gardai, or spend the rest of the war in an internment camp by listening to this exciting bonus episode of “Cottoning On” by Geoffrey Banks, read by Nigel Banks.