The band also had a short visit to Berlin, then behind the Iron Curtain and was held up for some considerable time by Russian border guards. They were taken into a wooden hut in the dense forest, with pictures of Lenin and Stalin on the walls. Apparently there was some query with regard to Joan Marriott's (bassist) passport and she was hauled off for interrogation. The girls comforted her by saying that there was a vacancy for a bass-player in the Salt Mines Quintet! Things were eventually sorted out and they continued on their way.
The band was located in Butlins, Pwhelli for the 1952 season. An art student named David Willis was working there as a stagehand and it was love at first sight. They were married that September and Greta left the band in November to join the Gracie Cole Orchestra, in order that she might stay in London while David was at still at college. Two years later they moved to Norwich and settled down.
In 1957 they moved
to Canada and are now happily retired in Guelph, Ontario where they
spend their time travelling, playing bridge and socialising with friends
and neighbours. They live not too far from their children, Sarah and
Henry and their 5 grandchildren.
Greta Marshall (now Willis)
1950 to 1952
After touring Britain for the next year, Greta left to join Danny
Mitchell's Orchestra at the Pier Ballroom, Redcar, Yorkshire for the
summer of 1950.