Troop Entertainers wanted

TWERPS on stage

TWERPS on stage

The Bromley T.W.E.R.P.S. Concert Party was an amatuer group set up for the purpose of entertaining service personnel and giving public concerts to raise money for various wartime needs. The group performed at various locations including airfields, gun sites, the Woolwich Garrison Theatre and to the cadets at HMS Worcester – a training college for the Merchant Navy.

This article featured in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on 9th August 1940.

T.W.E.R.P.S. want recruits

Bromley T.W.E.R.P.S. Concert Party have shortened their name somewhat to T.W.E.R.P.S. Varieties as being more representative of their activities.  They will soon be putting in hand a new programme for the forthcoming season, and the present time affords an opportunity for recruits to join this most popular party of troops’ entertainers.

Ladies and gentleman – especially the latter – are wanted for the cast to make good the inroads that war service has made upon membership, and others are wanted for the orchestra.

Mr Raymond Smith, of 5 Sunningdale Road, Bickley (Chis. 528) is now the musical director, and those who would like to join the orchestra should apply to him.  Others should apply to Mr J.S. Marriott, the founder and inspiration of the party, to 34 Babbacombe Road, Bromley (Rav. 2183).  Mr Marriott, by the way, wants a lady to help him with the typing and secretarial work.

It hardly needs to be added that all posts are honorary.

Source: Bromley & District Times, 9th August 1940 (page 4) and WW2 People’s War

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