In all this time, Margaret gained much experience with dance bands and was sought out by Gloria Gaye and Ivy Benson, but was unable to be released from her work due to wartime regulations. She did, however, play for the Gloria Gaye's Ladies Band during her holiday week at London Chiswick Empire. As soon as the war was over, Gloria asked her to join the band in 1945.

In 1946, whilst playing for Gloria Gaye at The Metropole, Edgeware Road, Ivy again approached Margaret to join her band. Playing for the Ivy Benson All Girls Band was a long way from life in a small South Yorkshire village and she enjoyed every minute of the experience. As well as touring in Holland, Germany, Italy and Austria, she played with the band in theatres across the British Isles including the London Coliseum, Dorchester Hotel and The Grosvenor Hotel. Margaret played with the band for the Annual Variety Concert at the London Palladium with Vera Lynn, Ted, Barbara and Julie Andrews, Vic Oliver, Cyril Fletcher, Jean Kent, Billy Reid and Dorothy Squires.

She left the band in 1948 to marry her childhood sweetheart on Christmas Day, now to be Margaret Roe. She has two children who have contributed to music, Della Stone and Keith Roe. Della has sung leading roles with many local operatic societies. Keith played alto saxophone for the Brian Kirby Orchestra and the Ken Outram Dance Band, resident dance bands at the City Hall Ballroom, Sheffield through the 70's and 80's. Although Margaret had given up professional playing to bring up her family, she played at the City Hall when asked. Keith formed the Sheffield Fellowship Theatre Company and now promotes and directs his own concerts at Sheffield City Hall in the Oval Hall and Margaret enjoys helping with the concerts.

Playing with Ivy's band, gave Margaret, and the rest of the girls, a marvellous opportunity which will no doubt live with them forever. It gave them the chance to play in one of the best bands, visit many wonderful places and meet a lot of lovely talented people.



 

Margaret Chappell (now Roe)
Played Double Bass - 1946 to 1948

Margaret Chappell was born in Thurlstone, a small village near Penistone, South Yorkshire. She had an older brother, Walter, who was to play an important part in her life.

The family moved to Sheffield at the age of 11 and after her studies for her School Certificate at High Storrs School, she played double bass with her brother's band, the Carmen Chappelle Accordion Band. With the band, she played for nightly troop shows and weekend concerts with many professional performers, including Reginald Dixon, Tessie O'Shea and Cyril Fletcher. She continued to play with her brother when he formed the Walter Chappelle Dance Band, later to become the resident bandleader at The Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield.

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