Women’s group cel­e­brates life of en­ter­tainer

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

MEM­BERS of Prest­bury’s WI were treated to a night of per­for­mance based around the life of a fa­mous ac­tress.

The ti­tle of the WI’s lat­est meet­ing was A‘‘ n In­ter­lude with Joyce Gren­fell’, where mem­bers were taken down mem­ory lane by Jean Fin­ney.

Joyce Gren­fell OBE, left, was an English ac­tress, come­di­enne, mo­nolo­gist and singer-song­writer.

Jean has been en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple for a few years re­lat­ing sto­ries, mono­logues and other snip­pets of the late Joyce’s works.

Mau­reen Ec­cle­ston, a mem­ber of the group, said: “Jean re­fresh­ingly sum­marised Joyce’s life and back­ground re­mind­ing us of her up­per class routes, her debu­tante sta­tus and how her aunt and un­cle were Lord and Lady As­tor.

“While at drama school, Joyce mar­ried Reg­gie and while at­tend­ing a din­ner her hu­mor­ous sto­ry­telling got her no­ticed by a drama­tist she hap­pened to be sit­ting next to.

“She was per­suaded to per­form in a ‘re­view’ and af­ter her suc­cess she be­gan writ­ing, singing and cre­at­ing sto­ries and songs that were to be­come her legacy.”

Dur­ing the meet­ing Jean en­ter­tained the group with her ver­sions of ‘The Cock­tail party’, ‘The Na­tiv­ity Play’, ‘The Wor­rier’, and Enig­matic

‘Jean de­lighted the group with the skill of her de­liv­ery’

Smile’. She also sang the fa­mous ‘Do­ing the mil­i­tary twostep’, as many of the group’s mem­bers joined in with her.

Joyce starred on film and tele­vi­sion, be­com­ing fa­mous in her role in the orig­i­nal St Trini­ans film.

Her mono­logues were also a favourite re­quest in the 60s on the chil­dren’s choice ra­dio pro­gramme.

Mau­reen added: “Jean de­lighted the group not just with the sub­ject mat­ter but with the skill in the de­liv­ery of it.

“Joyce Gren­fell en­ter­tained many peo­ple dur­ing dif­fi­cult years and it was her ob­ser­va­tion on life that was truly re­mark­able.

“A big thank you to Jean for re­mind­ing us of her tal­ent.”

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