INTERVIEW WITH TOM BOARDMAN
During the Second World War, Tom was a sergeant with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and he spent three years behind bars in appalling conditions in Thailand during the Second World War. He contracted malaria 32 times during his incarceration and his weight plummeted to 6st, but he kept the spirits up of his fellow captured soldiers by entertaining them with a ukulele he made from "old Red Cross boxes and used telegraph wires". The ukulele he played with is now housed at the Imperial War Museum North in Trafford. He also worked on the "death railway" in Burma during the war with Nazi Germany. Tom spoke about his experiences two years ago on Armed Forces Day in Leigh Sports Village and appeared on BBC Two's Britain at War: Imperial War Museums at 100 in 2017 too.
INTERVIEW WITH MICKEY HIGHAM
Mickey Higham was a professional Rugby League player that played for teams such as St Helens, Warrington and Leigh Centurions. The parallels between professional sports and military is well documented, and the issues surrounding mental health on leaving a sporting career and or the military have similar challenges. In this conversation, Mickey talks about his career and some of the challenges he faced on calling time on his rugby career