Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1954


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On the left is Frank Hurlock
at the Railway Hotel

1954 January 1st Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 4th Carol Levis is looking for talent this week at the Theatre Royal.
Gerry Brown's Dixeylanders and Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Savoy.
January 7th The Broadway Orchestra play at Trinity Hall, Fareham.
January 8th Sid Phillips and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 11th Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 13th Secretary Frank Hurlock states that the Portsmouth Jazz Club had disbanded after five and a half years of existence.
January 14th Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
January 15th Johnny Dankworth and his 20 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 16th Saturday, The 'Marriners' Orchestra play at the Church Hall Rowlands Castle. (Marinaires?)
January 17th Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
At the Theatre Royal, the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra with Peter Katkin pianoforte, perform.
January 18th Laurel and Hardy appear at the Theatre Royal.
Ted Ambrose and his Jazzband, from Brighton, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 21st Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier for three nights.
January 23rd Saturday, The Imperial Players play music for dancing at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
January 24th 'Hutch' appears at the Theatre Royal.
January 25th The Eric Dudley Quintet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 29th Ambrose and his 17 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 30th Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
February 1st Jeremy French and his Jazz Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 3rd The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society present Handel's Messiah at the Wesley Central Hall.
February 5th Ronnie Scott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 6th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
The Imperial Players play music for dancing at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
February 8th Donald Peers appears with comedian Jimmy James, at the Theatre Royal.
Len Beadle and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 9th Jazz dancing to the Modernaires at Twyford Avenue Community Centre.
Roy Richards and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 11th The Musick Makers Dance Orchestra play at the Co-op Victory Hall, Fratton Road.
February 12th Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Court Ballroom celebrate their first year birthday.
February 13th Saturday, The Portsmouth Music Club celebrates it's 12th Anniversary at the Lecture Hall of the Central Library with music from Annekate Friedlander pianoforte, and the St Cecelia singers, director Reginald Wassell.

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10th May 1954

Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
The Imperial Players play music for the St Valentines Party dance at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
February 14th Larry Adler join the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kings Theatre.
Larry Adler plays at the Kings Theatre.
February 15th The Nitwits and Diana Decker appear at the Theatre Royal.
The 'Crackerjacks' Variety show entertain patients and staff at St James Hospital, Portsmouth.
February 18th Ted Heath and his Music with Dickie valentine, Lita Rosa and Denis Lotis appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 19th Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
February 20th Saturday, At the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road, a concert by the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army.
Irene Keen's Trio play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
The Imperial Players play music for the St Valentines Party dance at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
February 22nd Dorothy Squires appears at ther Theatre Royal.
The Marinaires play at the Church Hall Rowlands Castle.
The Top Five and their music, from London, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
the Southsea Silver band and the Portsmouth police Choir give a concert of the Northern Grammar School.
February 23rd Terry Nabarro and his Music play for dancing at the Twyford Avenue Community Centre.
February 26th Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Members of St George's Portsea 'Rover Crew' present a variety show entitled 'Our Gang Show' at the Rotary Youth Club, Portsea.
February 27th Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
At Hanger Grange, Gosport, Harold Clark and the Skymasters play for dancing.
February 29th Lee Lawrence and the Malcolm Mitchell trio play at the Theatre Royal.
March 1st Johnny Hawkins and his Quintet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 2nd Trevor Nabarro and his Music play at the Twyford Avenue Community Centre.
March 5th Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Paul Fenhoulet's next 'Band Call' broadcast will include 'Love in Toledo' a ballad written by insurance company inspector, Mr. Claude (Peter) Morris od 74 Stakes Hill Road Waterlooville. 'Meriander' another of his songs is to be broadcast by Bernard Monshin and his Tango Band on March 15th.
March 6th Saturday, At Hanger Grange, Gosport, Harold Clark and the Skymasters play for dancing.
Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
March 8th At the Kings Theatre, Bill Owen and Eric Barker perform in a R F Delderfield play, Where there's a will.
At the Theatre Royal, Joan Regan, Jimmy Wheeler and Derek Roy appear.
March 9th Elise Granados, seen and hear at the Festival bar Southsea, broadcasts on the BBC Light Programme today.
The Terry Flynn Group play at the Twyford Community Centre.
March 10th Alf Hallman and his Band play at the Empress Ballroom.
The Cosham Rhythm Club hold a be-bop session at the Victory Hall, Fratton Road.
March 11th Portsmouth newly re-built Guildhall is to have an £8,000 Electric Organ.
March 12th Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Johnny Lyne Quintet play at the Hildsea Lido.
March 13th Saturday, The Imperial Players play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
March 15th Gracie Cole and her All Girls Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 16th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 17th The Broadway Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
At the St Francis Youth Centre Party at Hilsea, D Whitfield's Jazz Trio provided music for dancing.
The Portchester Singers, conducted by Mrs. Doris Matthews, entertained guests at the Portsmouth Music Club meeting at the Central Library Lecture Hall.
March 19th Geraldo and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom, 7.30 to 12.30pm, 4/-d.
March 20th Saturday, The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society hold a Choral and Orchestra Concert at the Wesley Central Hall.
Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
The Imperial Players play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
Billy Bennetts Dance Orchestra play at the Church Hall Rowlands Castle.
Mr. William John Pugsley, manager and founder of the Southsea Silver Band, dies on his 57th birthday at his home 81, Havant Road, North End.

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At a Co-operative Catering Staff Party at the Victory Hall, Fratton, entertainment was provided by 'The Co-op Teennies'.
At Hanger Grange, Gosport, Harold Clark and the Skymasters play for dancing.
March 22nd Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth perform in 'And so to bed' at the Kings Theatre.
Syd Seymour and his New Band play at the Theatre Royal.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 24th The Music Society of the Southern Grammar School for Boys give a concert at the Wesley Central Hall.
March 25th A British Railways Dance at the South Parade pier, with the De Reske Old Time Orchestra and Reg Bannistra and his Music
Tony Emerson and his band play at the Hilsea Lido.
March 26th Billy Burketts Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall Fareham.
Ronnie Scott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 27th Saturday, Rawicz and Landauer appear at the Wesley Central Hall.
Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
The Southsea Silver band play at the Wesley Central Hall for the Portsmouth Blind.
March 28th the last Municipal concert of the season features Monique Haas(pianoforte) with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kings Theatre.
March 29th At the Theatre Royal, Semprini, Jon Pertwee and the Radio Revellers appear.
Johnny Hawkins and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 31st The Press Ball at the Savoy Ballroom, has Nat Temple and his Orchestra with singer Benny Lee.
April 2nd Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Johnny Scott and his 10 piece band play at Cosham Civic Centre.
April 3rd Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
The Imperial Players play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
April 5th Max Bygraves appears at the Theatre Royal.
Edith Evans appears in 'The dark is light enough' at the Kings Theatre.
Johnny Hawkins and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 6th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Festival Bar organist, Elise Granados broadcasts on BBC Light programme.
April 7th Irene Keen's Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
Tony Emmerson and his New 9 piece Band play at Hilsea Lido.
April 9th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Irene Keen's Old Time Trio play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
April 10th Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
The Imperial Players play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
April 11th The Portsmouth Choral Union perform Handel's Messiah at the Kings Theatre.
Ted Ambrose and his Jazz Band from Brighton, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 13th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 15th Johnny Gray and his band of the Day play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Johnny Scott and his Band play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
April 16th Good Friday The George Mitchell Glee Club appear at South Parade Pier.
The Portsmouth Glee Club perform Handel's Messiah at the London Road Baptist Church. Among the singers was Reginald Wassell, and organist was Stanley Matthews.
April 19th The Five Smith Brothers appear at the Theatre Royal.
Oklahoma is performed at the Kings Theatre.
Reg Bannistra and his Music join Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra at Kimbells Ballroom.
Reggie Goff and his Sextet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 23rd Ambrose and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Billy Bennett and his Band play at Lee Tower.
April 26th Terry Thomas and Alma Cogan appear at the Theatre Royal.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Summer show 'Frivolities' begins at the South Parade Pier.
April 27th The Broadway Quartet play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
April 30th Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at he Savoy Ballroom.
May 1st Saturday, Billy Burketts Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall Fareham.
May 3rd Billy Cotton and his Band appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Aldershot Dixeylanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 4th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 7th Johnny Dankworth and his 21-piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Flying Angel Hall, Fareham.
Irene Keen's Old Time Trio play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
May 8th Saturday, Dancing to the Southern Counties Players at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
May 10th The Portsmouth perform a musical comedy, Veronique, at the South Parade Pier.
Petula Clark and Benny Hill plus Wilson Kepple and Betty, appear at the Theatre Royal.
Two quartets from the City of Portsmouth Fire Brigade Band gain 1st and 3rd place in a contest held in Reading.
The High Curley Stompers play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 14th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Billy Norman's Famous Hawaiian band play at the Flying Angel Fareham.
Johnny Scott and his Band play at Cosham Civic Centre.
May 15th Saturday, Dancing to the Southern Counties Players at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
Irene Keen's Old Time Trio play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
May 17th Lita Rosa breaks away from the Ted Heath band to go solo and appears with Arthur Haynes at the Theatre Royal.
The Musick Makers Dance Orchestra play at St Georges Hall, Waterlooville.
'The Top Five and their Music' paly at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 18th Festival Bar organist, Elise Granados broadcasts on BBC Light programme.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 21st Ray Ellington and his Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 22nd Saturday, Dancing to the Musick Makers at St George's Hall Waterlooville.
The Ace Dance band play at Angerstein Hall, North End.
May 23rd The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Eileen Joyce (pianoforte) appear at the Kings Theatre.
Younkman and his Orchestra play on the newly re-built deck of the South Parade Pier
May 24th Two Ton Tessie O'Shea appears at the Theatre Royal.
Joe Brickell and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 26th Dancing to the Musick Makers at St George's Hall Waterlooville.
May 27th The New LDB building on the corner of Commercial Road and a Arundel Street is officially opened by film star John Gregson.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 28th Bert Sharpe and his Music play at Lee Tower.
Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra play the Savoy Ballroom.
May 29th Saturday, The Imperial Players play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
May 31st Dulcie Gray and Michael Denison appear at the Kings Theatre in 'We must kill Toni'.
Singers, Eve Boswell and Gary Miller appear at the Theatre Royal.
June 1st Ad in the Evening News;- Musick Makers Dance Orchestra for hire, Mr. Stillwell, 17 Moneyfield Ave, Copnor.
June 3rd Cyril Fletcher and Betty Anstell host the South Parade Pier Summer Show 'Masquerade'.
June 4th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 5th Saturday, Bern Harris and his Full Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Fareham.
The Skymasters Orchestra play a concert at the Hangar Grange Gosport.
June 6th Whit Sunday The Squadronaries appear at the South Parade Pier.
June 7th Portsmouth's own Audrey Jeans appears with Joan St Paul at the Theatre Royal with Tommy Cooper and singer David Hughes.
Phyllis Dixey appears at the Empire Theatre.
June 9th Dancing to the Musick Makers at St George's Hall Waterlooville.
June 10th Johnnie Scott and his Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road.
June 11th Mick Mulligan and his Magnolia Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 12th Saturday, The Broadway Quartette play at the Flying Angel Fareham.
June 14th Betty Driver and Stan Stennett appear at the Theatre Royal.
Gerry Brown and his Dixielanders pay at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 16th Dancing to the Musick Makers at St George's Hall Waterlooville.
The Broadway Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
June 17th Johnnie Scott and his Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road.
June 18th Ted Heath and his Music, with Dennis Lotis, Kathy Lloyd and Bobby Britton, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Bert Sharpe and his Music play at lee Tower Ballroom.
June 21st Portsmouth bandleader Johnny Hawkins and his 10 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom for the first time.
Irish singer Josef Locke appears at the Theatre Royal.
June 22nd Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Kimbells Tea Dances are suspended for the season.
June 23rd Dancing to the Musick Makers at St George's Hall Waterlooville.
June 25th Nat Temple and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Johnnie Scott and his 10 piece Band play at the Cosham Civic Centre.
June 26th Saturday, the Imperial Players appear at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville for the British Legion Dance.
June 28th Sadler's Wells Opera Company appear at the Kings Theatre.

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Benny Lee and Robin Richmond appear at the Empire Theatre.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 29th Roy Richards and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 30th Arthur English and Monsewer Eddie Gray appear on South Parade Pier.
July 2nd Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Mr. G.B. Turner, manager of the Savoy ballroom is re-elected to the management committee of the National Ballroom Association. His son David has obtained a Board of Ballroom Dancing Scrutineer's Certificate.
Johnnie Scott and his 12 piece Band play at the Cosham Civic Centre.
July 5th Fred Emney appears at the Kings Theatre.
The High Curley Stompers appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 7th Roy Richards and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 9th Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Irene Keen's Trio play at All Saints Hall Portsmouth.
Dancing to the Musick Makers 7 piece Orchestra at St George's Hall Waterlooville.
July 12th Musical Marie attempts 133 hours non-stop piano playing at the Somerset Hall, The Strand, Portsmouth.
Unfortunately, the Evening News did not report her success or failure.
Franz Schubert's 'Lilac Time' is performed at the Kings Theatre.
Dr, Crock and his Crackpots appear at the Theatre Royal.
Ted Ambrose and his Jazz band and Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 14th To the year ending March 31st 1954, the South Parade Pier lost £2,756.
July 16th Johnny Gray and his Band of the Day play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Johnnie Scott and his 12 piece Band play at the Cosham Civic Centre.
July 19th Al Martino appears at the Theatre Royal.
The Aldershot Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 23rd Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 26th The Beverley Sisters and Morecambe and Wise appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Harbour Lights Juvenile Concert Party entertain patients at Ward B10 of St Mary's Hospital.
July 27th The Top Five and their Music appear at the Savoy Ballroom with Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra.
July 29th Jive dancing only at Kimbells tonight.
The South Parade Pier is evacuated after repairs to the under-deck and a possible Oxy-acetylene stray spark caused alarm.
July 30th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Portsmouth Trades Club in Fratton Road are running a talent contest.
August 2nd Paint Your Wagon is performed at the Kings Theatre.
Harry Secombe and Cardew Robinson appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Music Makers play at the Waterloo hall, Waterlooville.
August 5th Johnny Lyne and his Music play at Kimbells along with Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra.
August 6th Ambrose and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 10th The BBC "Good old summertime" broadcast from the Savoy Ballroom.
August 13th The Ace Dance Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road.
Ronnie Scott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 14th Bern Harris and his Orchestra play at Haslar Drill Hall.
The Skymasters Orchestra play the Hangar Grange Gosport.
August 15th Sid Phillips and his band play on South Parade Pier.
August 16thTeddy Johnson and Pearl Carr appear at the Theatre Royal with Tommy Reilly and Dickie Henderson.
Joe Brickell and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 20th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Ace Dance Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road.
August 23rd The Empress Ballroom closes for two weeks for the laying of a complete new floor.
Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine and Gary Miller appear at the Theatre Royal.
August 26th Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 27th Harry Bence and his 14 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy ballroom.
August 30th South Pacific is performed at the Kings Theatre.
September 1st The Ruby Restall Trio play at St Mary's Mission, Somers Road North.
September 3rd Ray Ellington and his Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Ace Dance Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road.
September 4th Saturday, The ace Dance band play at the Angerstein Hall, North End.
The Music Makers play at the Heroes Hall, Waterlooville.
September 5th The Gosport Municipal Concert Orchestra with Coloratura Soprano Gwen Catley and accordionist Tollefsen perform on South Parade Pier.
September 6th The Empress re-opens with a new floor and Dave Shand and his Broadcasting Orchestra and Gene Mayo and his Orchestra.
Tommy Trinder appears at the Theatre Royal.
The Portchester Singers, with solos from Ivy Pryor and Gladys Sherrington, and pianist Irene Colwell, conducted by Mrs Doris Matthews sing to the Portsmouth North Branch of the Old Age Pensioners Association.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom together with Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra.
Monday's Old Time Dance club at the Liberal Club in Lake Road is transferred to the Crystal Palace Club room on Fratton Bridge.
September 10th Stanley Black and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Bert Sharpe and his Music play at Lee Tower.


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Organist Gordon Banner plays for more than 200 Paulsgrove Women's Conservatives.
September 11th Saturday, The Jimmy James band play at the Wallisdean County Primary School Olde Tyme Dance.
Bern Harris and his Music play at Haslar Drill Hall.
The Golden Coronets Orchestra play at the Parish Hall Rowlands Castle for the Labour Party.
September13th The Cy Laurie Jazz Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 15th A Compton pipe organ costing £15,750 is to be installed in the re-built Portsmouth Guildhall.
September 17th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Ace Dance Band play at the Foresters Hall Fratton Road.
September 19th Farewell concert by Younkman and his Orchestra on South Parade Pier.
September 20th Johnny Hawkins and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 24th The Broadway Orchestra and the Anita Academy of Dance perform at the Oddfellows Hall.
Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play the Savoy Ballroom.
The Ace Dance Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road.
Small ad in the Evening News, The embassy ballroom available as a store and freehold for sale with Percy Collett and Son.
September 25th Saturday, The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
September 27th The Deep River Boys appear at the Theatre Royal.
Trevor Williams and his Jazzband play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 29th A Jazz Jamboree Band Contest is staged at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 1st Harry Gold and his Piece of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 3rd Gustave and his Trio play at the Bastion Road House Hilsea.

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The Bastion was on the north side of the old
Southdown Bus Garage at Hilsea

October 5th Handley of Southsea re-opens after a re-build because of bomb damage.
October 7th At the South Parade Pier, the DeReske Orchestra and Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play for the British Railways Staff dance.
October 8th Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Organist Gordon Banner is to return to the South Parade Pier next summer and also for performances at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
October 9th Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
The Milton Glee Club sing at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
October 11th At the Theatre Royal, Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss.
At the Theatre Royal, Elsie and Doris Waters, Elizabeth Welch, Fenella Fielding and Ian Wallace in 'Pay the Piper'.
October 15th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 16th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
October 18th At the Kings Theatre, The Portsmouth Grand Opera Company present, The Bartered Bride and Madame Butterfly, all week.
The Top Five and their Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 19th The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
October 22nd Ambrose and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 23rd Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
October 24th Audrey Jeans appears on Radio with Ted Ray.
October 25th At the Empire Theatre, Memories of Jolson.
Portsmouth's own Ron Male Jazz Band play at the Savoy ballroom.
October 27th BBC Radio organist Sandy Macpherson plays 'The Great Organ' and the St Cecelia Singers perform at the Dickens Fair.
October 29tth Ronnie Scott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 3rd Gordon Banner play 'the wonder organ' on South Parade Pier.
November 5th Dancing to Ted Lockier and his Music at the Cosham Civic Centre.
Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 6th Saturday, The Portsmouth Glee club present a Grand Operatic Concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Hall Havant.
November 8th Margaret Rutherford and Paul Scofield appear in Time Remembered at the Kings Theatre.
Anne Shelton plus the Five Skyliners appear at the Theatre Royal.
Chris Allen and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Bern Harris and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Drill Hall Fareham.

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November 10th The Portsmouth music Club are entertained by the Paulsgrove Ladies Choir led by Laura Hall, and accompanied by Mrs Pound.
November 11th The Portsmouth Orpheus choir give a concert at Petersfield Town Hall.
November 12th Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play for dancing at the Oddfellows Hall Portsmouth.
Dancing to Ted Lockier and his Music at the Cosham Civic Centre.
November 13th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
November 15th The immaculate intimate musical Twinkle with Olive Fox and Clarkson Rose is performed at the Kings Theartre.
Harry Worth and trumpeter Kenny Baker appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Regal Five play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 16th The Broadway Orchestra play at Hilsea Lido.
November 17th The Modernaires Quartet play at the Flying Angel Fareham.
November 19th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom supported by Johnny Lyne and his Music.
Cyril Rice's band play at St Joseph’s Church Hall Copnor.
November 20th Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
November 22nd At the Theatre Royal, Tony Brent, Max Geldrey and Portsmouth's own Bobby Collins entertain.
Joe Bickell and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 23rd The Broadway Orchestra play at the Hilsea Lido.
November 24th The Broadway Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
November 26th Johnny Gray and his Band of the Day play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 27th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Billy Bennett and his Merry Macs play at the Marine Hotel Selsey.
November 29th Max Miler and Daisy May and Saveen appear at the Theatre Royal.
John Hanson appears in The Desert Song at the Kings Theatre.
Ad in the Evening News; Gordon banner and the atomic band with his £3,600 Ballroom Organ seeking work from 14, Grove Road Southsea.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play with Benny Freedman's band at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 1st The Portsmouth Music Lovers Club hear a recital by the St Cecelia Singers including Reginald and Dorothy Wassell.

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December 2nd The British Rail Staff Dance at the South Parade Pier had the De Reske Orchestra and Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra playing for dancing.
December 3rd Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 4th Saturday, the Modernaires play at the Portsmouth Community Centre.
Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
December 6th Nat Gonella plays at the Empire Theatre all week.
December 10th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 11th Saturday, the Portsmouth Glee Club present a Christmas concert with Max Jaffa, Gwen Catley, Reginald Kilbey and Jack Byfield at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
December 13th Jimmy Young and Arthur Worsley appear at the Theatre Royal.
Ted Ambrose and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 14th John Courtney and his Melody Quintette play at the Co-operative Hall, Fratton Road.
December 17th Ken Mackintoch and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
ad in the Evening News;- Sunday evening is 'melody evening' at the Eastney Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney.
December 18th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
December 20th At the Theatre Royal, Jack Jackson and Bob and Alf Pearson.
December 23rd The Musick Makers play at the Heroes Hall, Waterlooville.
December 24th Norman Burns and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom with resident Benny Freedman Orchestra.
December 26th Dave Shand and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 27th Aladdin is the Pantomime at the Kings Theatre.
December 28th the Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
December 31st The High Curley Stompers join Benny Freedman and his Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom.
Lani Kris and his Hawaiian Whispering Strings play at the Bastion Road House Hilsea.

During the 1950's the Empire Theatre ran weeks of nude tableau shows including The Daily Mirror's 'Jane Show'.
The Music Makers or Musick Makers??? very likely the same band.
No mention of the Embassy Ballroom this year!
It was very much the tradition for an 'MC' to run the dances, announcing each type of dance before it was played.

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