Tue 5th Jun at Midday
@ Mickie's Empire Room, Westcliff on Sea
"Yours": Mickie Driver, Mike Marandi, Lloyd Ellery, Swingtime Sweethearts
"Dame Vera Lynn is a much loved, iconic entertainer who helped to keep up the spirits of men and women in the Services and those on the Home Front through the dark years of World War Two.
From the age of seven she sang in Working Men’s Clubs and, from the age of 12, took up singing as a full time profession.
Our Centenary Tribute to Dame Vera covers her early life and career, through the Big Band era and the War Years, and then on to the Television Specials we loved so much in the 1970s.
We recall her tour through the Burma jungle to entertain the troops, her BBC programme ‘Sincerely Yours’ and the Daily Express poll of British Servicemen to name their favourite entertainer – they chose Vera Lynn and from then she was known as The Forces’ Sweetheart.
We tell of Dame Vera’s kindness to up and coming entertainers – Joan Regan and Norman Wisdom both proudly told of the help and advice they received. Her Charity work, especially that for children with Cerebral Palsy is recognised and, at our shows, we help to raise money for the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.
The highlight of “Yours” is a message from Dame Vera herself, recorded just after her 99th Birthday. Her excitement at, and help with this show has been invaluable and a joy to behold.
All of this preceded by a roast beef lunch. What value!"
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Mickie is a professional variety entertainer working mainly in a pearly suit, specialising in Music Hall and songs from the years of WWI, WWII, the 1950s and 1960s.
He also heads Variety Collective providing entertainers for an elderly audience, and Variety Lunches (a lunch followed by a themed show) at venues in Dartford, Wood Green, Westcliff, Margate and Broadstairs.
Mickie is also available in a pearly suit grinding a barrel organ - a super idea for a garden party or special event.
Mickie Driver tour dates
Mike Marandi is a versatile and engaging vocal entertainer, including lots of audience participation in a fun-filled act. A sure-fire success, he is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and to set your feet tapping.
Mike Marandi tour dates
With his easy charm and a delightful voice, Lloyd will set your feet tapping and put a contented smile on your face. A wide range of songs guarantees that there will be something in his act for everyone.
Lloyd Ellery tour dates
Take a trip down memory lane with songs from the 1940's, Wartime & Swing. The Swingtime Sweethearts are Annie Riley & Le'arna Ashleigh, both successful solo artists, with a combined experience of over 12 years. Their affection for the forties, has brought them together to perform as the Swingtime Sweethearts. Their wide range of songs, including those that were originally hits for The Andrews Sisters, Anne Shelton, Vera Lynn & Ella Fitzgerald (to name a few) will entertain both young and old alike.
Swingtime Sweethearts tour dates
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Venue: Mickie's Empire Room
→ Chalkwell 10 min walk