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forget to use the"Search"
facility to assist you in finding information. This is located at the
bottom right hand corner of the "Homepage" If your search
fails, check the spelling or try just a first name.
Happy Birthday, Patsy
Happy 80th Birthday to
Obituary - Iris Trayner - Played Saxophone and Clarinet in the
"Hi, with reference to your query on Iris Trayner - Questions & Answers Ref 012- I am afraid to report that she was buried earlier this week (December 18th). She was my mother's cousin and they were close. She died of brain cancer, I believe without much warning".
- Christmas 2008
- The Seasons Greetings to all our visitors -
I am, once again thanking you all - readers and all Ivy's "Girls", for the wonderful and entertaining help that you have all given me during the last year - as I have previously said, without you the site would not exist. I feel that I have got to know so many of you - and you have managed to make contact with your photos and tales, going back to Ivy's early days.
shall continue to try and keep the website building up with ever more
history of those Dance Band Days.
my wife, and I send you and yours our best wishes for 2009 - keep up
the good work!!!!!
Colin, Thanks so much for your interest, and for the information; this
is my first email from Hong Kong. Keep playing the music!!!
Thanks, Ralph; keep checking the website; we're still getting new, information and other memorabilia of those days.
This update - 27 May 2008
am very sorry to report the passing of Laura Lynne in Manchaug, U.S.A.
Our condolences go out to David, her husband, and members of her family.
To read more of the "Laura Lynne" Story, please click here.
update - 1 May 2008
The access to this feature is via the "Homepage". At the bottom of the "Contents" section you will see the link "Questions & Answers". A click on this link will take you to the relevant edited emails. If you can help by answering any of the queries, please use the "Email" link or the "Contact Us" links, both on the Homepage.
Hope you can help! This site relies on your memories!
This update - 18 February 2008
Received this email from someone named David Moseley who remembers back 40 years.....
am interested in getting in contact with Geraldine Fee. I was in the
USAF in 1964-1967 at Hahn Air Force Base, Germany,
she has an email address, street or post office box where she might
receive correspondence from an old friend, that you could pass to me,
It has been over 40 years since I have seen her. I have a favorite picture that I took of her those many years ago.
I would be pleased beyond measure if you could help me contact her.
If Geraldine reads this and wishes to contact David, please let me know and I will pass details on.
update - 15 January 2008
One very sad news item received over the Christmas period - Winifred Waldron (Piano/Violin 1946/7) passed away on December 23 2007; I never had a full biography of her, but there is a very good photo of her and her sisters, Monica and Bernice - type in her surname into the "Search" facility on the Homepage (bottom right) to locate it. Our condolences go out to her family.
don't forget I am still here, in my office, in the North of England;
I am always pleased to get news by email, "snailmail" or phone.
I am still facinated how this website has been received literally all
over the world. If you have changed your email or Postal address, please
let me know so I can update my data base. Use the Link on the Homepage,
bottom left corner.
update - 12 October 2007
"....Does anyone remember Catherine Duncanson
(my mother) who played with the band (probably in the early 50's). I
think that she had previously played in Gracie Cole's band. My mum was
Scottish and may have been known as Kate. I think she may also have
been nicknamed Jock. Also I remember her speaking fondly of a friend
called Dot. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
I am very sorry to report the passing of Barbara Ellenor on the 26th September 2007; this sad news was received by email from Terry Atkinson, who was a cousin of Barbara's.
She was born on December 01 1939 in Coventry, England. Moved to Spennymoor County Durham. and played trombone with Ivy from 1955 to 1957. She was resident in the USA for the greater part of her life. Her last address was Monrovia, Maryland.
was laid to rest in Arlington cemetary Washington DC .
In addition to the Obituary above there is a very full and interesting history of Barbara's life, both with the Band and later; my thanks go to Terry for sending me this information which I am sure will be of interest to Barbara's colleagues from the the dance band days.
go to the section "Tell the Tales" and click on "Barbara
Ellenor - 1939 to 2007" to read this information
This update - 24 August 2007
I have just found that three Albums (Nos: 55, 56, & 57) recently placed online in the Photo Gallery, have been difficult to access; my apologises - I think they are working OK now. Please let me know if you find faults anywhere on the Website and I will get them corrected asap - your help is alway welcome.
Also many thanks to Nora Lord ( Trombone 1951 to 1953) for some photos ( see Album 58 ); I believe she may be sending a few more a little later. She has also provided a great biography - check it out in the "Biography" section. Thanks, Nora - look forward to hearing from you again.
This update - 31 July 2007
Just received this email from Dennis Sykes
This update - 3 June 2007
I have recieved this message from Gill Fleming (now Burgoyne - 1972 to 1975, Alto Sax) -
"I shall be celebration of my birthday ( 50!!th). It`s to be held on Saturday 7th July at the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh Suffolk from 7pm onwards. There will be a load of musicians young and old performing, so I am expecting any musician from the past to bring their instrument with them for a blow!! We hope to have a real night of laughter and memories. Anyone who can come needs to contact me on my email firstname.lastname@example.org or at home on 01728 688615 ".
it all goes well on the night; get some photos and I will put them online!
update - 3 May 2007
Thanks, Richard; always like to hear from visitors; very pleased to keep the memories alive.
update - 23 April 2007
just wanted to tell you how nice it is to see some of my mothers book
on the Ivy Benson website. She has had a lot of pleasure from contacting
old friends and I'm sure other people have enjoyed reading the stories.
I'm glad that Jane (Smith from the publishers " Personal Heritage
Productions) was helpful. Well done to you though for making the website
so user friendly.
so pleased Elsie has made contact with friends and colleagues from the
earlier days of Ivy's Band.
update - 12 April 2007
In addition Anne Marsden (Trombone - 1973 to 1975-6) has sent me some photos, Biography details and a great Press Cutting - " The 1973 Band in Hamburg"; check out the photos in Photogallery - Album 56. Many thanks to all who continue to help in making this history of the Band and it's members.
update - 25 March 2007
"I have just spent a wonderful few hours of nostalgia reading the contents of Ivy' s website. So many happy memories of the years I spent playing in her Band have been recalled. I feel so privileged to have been a member of that unique musical "sisterhood" - The Ivy Benson All Girls Band. Fortunately , the memory of my teenage years is still fairly good so I can remember incidents especially when prompted by photo's. I have several photos and memories I would be happy to share, and I could write a short Biography if you wish . Sincerely Nora Lord".
Thanks Nora. I am always pleased to find more information, photos and other memorabilia about the girls and the band; I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Also recieved a "Tale" from Lea Corwin from 1964 - check it out in the "Tales" section under "Ivy's Talent Shows"; hope you enjoy it!
update - 3 February 2007
very sorry to report the passing of Doris Knight, a vocalist
with Ivy's band towards the end of the War. She died of a stroke which
occurred on her 89th. birthday, 25 January, from which she never recovered
. She had been living in Cairns, Queensland, Northern Australia for
about 20 years and previously was resident in the States.
update - 26 January 2007 - and a very Happy New Year to you all.
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around the various sections; I think it is pretty self explanitory but
if you have any problems with this section, please send me an email.
I am at present checking all the Links, and will correct any faults
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