Twenty-five women and eighteen men, the first batch of NAAFI volunteers left Blackbushe Airport on Sunday, November 16, for Cyprus.
Twenty-five women and eighteen men, the first batch of NAAFI volunteers left Blackbushe Airport on Sunday, November 16, for Cyprus. They are the advance party of at least five hundred volunteers who will replace 1,200 dismissed Greek-Cypriot workers.
Chosen for good looks as well as commonsense, it is not surprisingly estimated that their chances of returning unmarried are 5-1 against. Pre-flight instructions covered the whole field of feminine behaviour...from personal security to "don't take nylons - it's too hut out there!"
Reporter Donald Milner at Blackbushe for the take-off interviewed several of the Cyprus adventure bound girls.
Over 17,000 people applied for the Cyprus vacancies and the lists were closed on the week-end, November 15. The Australian Migration Officer in London has offered to take the surplus of volunteers, "They are just the sort of people we are looking for -- high spirited, adventurous and determined."
Among the first callers at NAAFI headquarters when the appeal was first made was Mrs. Josephine Schwartz, Sir Winston Churchill's cook at his country home at Chartwell.