MADAM: The spring Evergreen mentioned the Carroll Levis Discovery Show (“A Centenary Tribute to Vera Lynn”), which was of great interest. When I was 17 I joined a youth centre concert party. I
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 181⁄ 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.
A reader is trying to trace an RAF friend, William Roache ( or Roche). See letter above.