On This Day 1918: Concert Parties from Camp delight locals.

Worthing Pier declared itself “indebted” to the soldiers from Shoreham Camp for providing great entertainments. The Shoreham Camp’s London Command Depot orchestra put on special concerts that boosted visitor numbers. The Camp also provided a range of Concert Parties such as the Big Bens and Non-descripts.

In May 1918 the Musiques were in possession of the Pavillion. Dressed in Pierrot costume and under the leadership of Lieutenant Richardson their very masculine performance was well-designed for popular audiences.

The Wromps Concert Party
The Wromps a Pierrot Concert Party from Shoreham Camp. Musician Sgt Stan Ward is pictured middle row far right.
Courtesy of Patricia Gardner.

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

29.5.18

(Worthing Gazette, 29/05/1918)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

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