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104 EVERGREEN Autumn (continued) tried to emulate the great star of the day, Bing Crosby. Our section became very popular and we did a lot of shows, the proceeds going towards parcels for the troops and the Red Cross. On 1st July 1943, I was 18 1 ⁄2-years-old and invited to join the army — as were thousands more. That autumn I was posted to Norton Barracks in Worcester. One day a huge notice was put up which read: “I want to discover YOU. Signed: Carroll Levis.” I put my name down and hoped I’d be discovered. We were taken by army lorry to what looked like a dance hall. It had a big dance floor, a stage and a bar. Carroll Levis and our entertainment officer stood just inside the bar. There were about 10 to 15 of us and many of the acts were good. Two ATS girls who played banjos and sang a selection of songs were chosen. They only wanted one act, but as we were leaving Mr. Levis came to the exit, shook our hands and thanked us for taking part. His assistant gave us all a ticket for the show that was broadcast a few days later. I’ve often mentioned to friends about this but, of course, none have ever heard of Carroll Levis and His Discoveries, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see him mentioned in Evergreen. — MR. R.W. COX, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NORTHUMBERLAND. TRYING TO FIND MADAM: I have been trying to find an RAF friend from long ago. He was Corporal William (Bill) Roche (or Roache), stationed for his National Service in 1956/57 with the RAF regiment at Wroughton, near Swindon, Wiltshire. The photograph (left) shows him at St. James’s Park, London. We lost touch during his various postings, but I found some information that he was sent to Oldenburg, in Germany, in 1956. It seems that the last A reader is trying to trace an RAF friend, William Roache (or Roche). See letter above.

2017 EVERGREEN 105 time he tried to make contact with me was in 1960. We are both coming up to 80, or he may be a little older. It would be good to know how he is and to reminisce about RAF days. — DOREEN FREEGARD, (née NOLAN), 7 GLEVUM CLOSE, PURTON, WILTSHIRE. CLACTON TEA COMPANY MADAM: When leaving school in 1953, I worked for the United Kingdom Tea Company in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. I have often wondered where they went and want to know more about them. I can find all the old names such as Home & Colonial, David Greig etc, but not this one. I thought perhaps some of your readers might have shopped there. I know they were owned by an Indian tea company. — J.H. LAST, FRINTON-ON-SEA, ESSEX. Memorabilia at the Savings Banks Museum at Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. A reader recalls monetary matters. See letter below. DOROTHY BURROWS MONEY MATTERS MADAM: I was interested to read “Queen Victoria Coins” (“Percy’s Post Bag”, Summer 2017). I have 11 pennies from Queen Victoria’s reign, seven with the uncovered bun, the oldest of these is dated 1896; and four later ones which date from 1897 to 1901. Two of my earlier pennies are so smoothly worn that it is difficult to read their dates. I have owned them since childhood, growing up in London in the 1950s, and I knew the older ones were the “proper” bun pennies. This always confused me (continued overleaf)

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