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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.

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