I've had an email from well known comedy writer Alan Stafford about my Mum's half sister Eunice Roberts, he's writing a book about the glorious sand dancers "Wilson, Kepple and Betty" and came across my previous blog entry where I tell the family rumour that Eunice took over as a Betty for a little while when the full time Betty fell ill.
Alan has been kind enough to share his finding with me. He told me a little more about Eunice’s connection with Wilson, Keppel and Betty.
They were all involved in a revue called Hello America! which toured the country for over a year, between June 1941 and July 1942. One of the items in the show was a sketch called "On The Home Front" and he found a cast list in a theatre programme for the Ipswich Hippodrome, which reads as follows:
Private Everyman – Nor Kiddie,
Capt. Thingmebob – Arthur Carvey,
Bill Basher – Bill Berel,
Charlie – Charlie Brown,
Victim of Circumstances – Eunice Roberts,
Stranded Lady – Betty Knox.
Betty Knox was the original Betty, so we now know that for over a year Eunice toured with WK&B and was in a sketch with Betty so it seems very likely that the family rumour is true!
Alan would like to talk to Eunice as there is now only one other person living who had direct contact with the trio, there are no living descendants either.
My Mum would also like to re establish contact. She lost touch with Eunice years ago, she was last known to us in the Blackpool area. My Mum and Dad went there to try and find her with no success. Can you help please?
Eunice Roberts was her stage name, her real name is Eleanor (Nelly) Heads.
We think her married name might have been Hill
She had a daughter called Melody, with a middle initial of D, we think she may have been born around 1952
Eunice will be in her 80's now if she's still with us
If you've never seen Wilson, Kepple and Betty feast your eyes on this, they never fail to make me smile!
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