These articles give a fascinating insight into the various entertainments going on back in the UK during the First World War years.

The T.W.E.R.P.S.: Spring edition

The T.W.E.R.P.S. were a local amateur concert party. who were in much demand during World War 2 to entertain the troops and other service personnel. I am unsure at present what their initials stood for, so if anyone has any information about them which they can share, that would be most appreciated. This feature appeared in the local newspaper in March 1941. The well-known Bromley concert party, the T.W.E.R.P.S. whose services in entertaining troops and other members of the Services ...
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Soldiers as “Can-Can” Dancers

Gunners of the Royal Artillery in South-east England, where they are running their own troupe of "can can dancers" ...
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Exciting Wartime Football Matches

In spite of the war, there was plenty of football to watch and teams to support. This report appeared in the local newspapers reporting on a match between Bromley Police and the  Royal Corps of Signals. Football Bromley Police v Royal Corps of Signals With the score 5-2 in their favour ten minutes from the end, it looked as if Bromley Police were going to have a comfortable victory over a team drawn from the Royal Corps of Signals at ...
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Pinocchio film listing, Bromley

Disney’s Pinocchio comes to Bromley!

For every one - of every age! It's easy to forget how old Disney's Pinocchio actually is! This film listing for Bromley's Gaumont cinema was published in September 1940 and lists if as Walt Disney's full length feature film in technicolour. A great distraction for families living through World War 2, especially when the threat of bombing was common and so close by ...
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Coney Hall Fete, August 1940

This article, which featured in the Bromley & District Times on 9th August 1940, shows the carefree nature of life in Britain during World War Two. Less than a month later the London area was targetted by the Germans and the Blitz began.  Throughout the year that followed (October 1940 - June 1941) 133 bombs  and 1 parachute mine dropped in the Hayes and Coney hall area alone. Two Days' Merriment at Sparrows Den The Mayor (Alderman R.W. Jeffs) was willing, ...
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TWERPS on stage

Troop Entertainers wanted

The Bromley T.W.E.R.P.S. Concert Party was an amatuer group set up for the purpose of entertaining service personnel and giving public concerts to raise money for various wartime needs. The group performed at various locations including airfields, gun sites, the Woolwich Garrison Theatre and to the cadets at HMS Worcester - a training college for the Merchant Navy. This article featured in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on 9th August 1940. T.W.E.R.P.S. want recruits Bromley T.W.E.R.P.S. Concert Party have shortened ...
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Places of recreation for soldiers in 1917

A BROMLEY EFFORT We hear on all hands of the splendid work done by Army Huts at the Front, and how much they are appreciated by our men. But it is not only abroad that these huts are needed. In our own county of Kent alone are number of men, some engaged in guarding our shores, others still in training: men of the Royal Navy, men from all parts of the United Kingdom, men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the ...
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Soldiers Entertained

This extract, taken from the Bromley & District Times, 6th September, 1918 [pg 5] and gives an account of an evening of entertainment in Bromley: The men of the Army Service Corps in our neighbourhood, together with their lady friends, had a capital entertainment provided for them on Wednesday evening at the Drill Hall, Bromley, which well deserved the cheers given at the close. The principle part of the entertainment was sustained by the talent found in the men themselves, ...
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Pantomime time in Penge

Christmas and the New Year are traditionally pantomime times. On January 5th the Penge Empire were showing Little Red Riding Hood twice nightly at 6.10 and 11.30. The following week a musical comedy from the Prince of Wales Theatre in London was to be presented. In London Peggy Kurton played Evelyn. Whether she appeared at Penge is not known. To see pictures of the Penge Empire click here > ...
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“Dominion Day” at Orpington

Ontario Military Hospital Carnival It was “Dominion Day” at Orpington on the 1st inst., and a successful and largely attended sports carnival was held at the Ontario Military Hospital. There were probably more than 3, 000 persons present on the charming sports field above the hospital, situated in the very centre of a delightfully wooded and hilly country. While monoplanes and biplanes droned overhead, the sports programme was carried through with every evidence of pleasure to the many patients and ...
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Silent Films

On 9th February, 1917, the showing of the silent film, Davy Crockett was advertised; a magnificent drama in five parts. In those days the films were shown continuously on Saturdays from 2pm to 10.15 pm and two performances on other days. Seats: 3d (penny) + 1d leisure tax 4d (penny) + 1d tax 1 shilling (12 pennies) + 2d tax Davy Crockett Davy Crockett is a 1916 American silent film starring Dustin Farnum as Davy Crockett, and tells the story ...
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