Sumary of Ninety-nine-year-old recounts sailing on the Queen Mary’s 1936 maiden voyage to New York:
- A 99-year-old lady who was on the maiden voyage of Cunard liner the Queen Mary from Southampton to New York in 1936 has described the experience as ‘the most inspiring trip of my life’..
- In a letter to Cunard, Heather Beagley, who lived in Bristol at the time, wrote about dancing with a movie star who happened to be onboard, a close shave with an iceberg and the ship’s grand arrival in Manhattan..
- Heather penned the note to Cunard ahead of a talk she gave about her journey, aged 14, to fellow residents at her Hertfordshire care home..
- ‘My father had to book places onboard months in advance as so many people yearned to be passengers,’ she wrote..
- According to Heather, a huge fanfare surrounded the departure of the ship, which left Southampton on May 27, 1936..
- Films were all the rage in the 1930s and there were five stars on board including Jack Buchanan (nearly always drunk), Olivia de Havilland and Frances Day..
- It was on the dance floor of the ballroom that Heather actually got to know Hollywood actor Buchanan, who is best known for his role in the 1953 musical The Band Wagon..
- ‘After four days and a scare about an iceberg looming too close, we arrived in New York.’ Heather (far left), gave a talk to her Hertfordshire care home residents about her extraordinary Queen Mary voyage Heather is pictured here giving her talk….