have said that.' She was most upset when she found out what
I did do, and I said 'Well, think no more about it. We'll just carry on as
we are. I'm very happy to stop here.'
| She'd also heard
that two girls in the band had husbands who were prisoners of war and
she was very keen to meet them.We went to the main hall on Whiteladies
Road in Bristol; it's still there and it's still the BBC Headquarters.
We had to go and set up to play and carry on playing when the Queen came
in. She sat on a seat at the back and heard the band and then she asked
for these two girls and she talked to them. The pianist, Willie, was one
of them, the one who used to say 'My Brian's in Italy' and cry. Queen
Mary had a word with her and wanted to know whether she was receiving
mail from him regularly, did he receive food parcels from England, was
he being treated right in the prisoner of war camp and all that sort of
thing; she wanted to know all about it.
When they were first allowed to advertise on commercial radio, Ivy Benson's Band did three or four sessions in one day at the Lux Radio Theatre, at Bush House at the bottom of Kingsway. We played and they said what they had to say about Lux. We were paid for that and it was good money. It was there that Gwen met one of the mechanics; he worked in the listening room. She married him and he was called up of course, and ended up in a prisoner of war camp, and Gwen was left on her own. Then she met this other one, and he was an absolute rotter. I met Gwen again years later and she was back with her husband. Both girls got their husbands back.