Fortunately… with Fi and Jane, #97. Anita Anand Has All The Answers

Anita Anand tells Fi and Jane which world leader she has accidentally sat on.

Listen at: BBC Radio 4 – Fortunately… with Fi and Jane, 97. Anita Anand Has All The Answers

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Voice of Dad’s Army – one half of Flanagan and Allen – spent his honeymoon in Consett

IN 1925, a musichall comedian who went by the stage-name of Robert Winthrop was touring the cinemas and variety theatres of the Durham coalfield.While entertaining the mining communities, his eye was on another act that was also hopping from booking to booking in the halls: Mrs Stacey’s Young Ladies, a dance troupe, in which Annie “Curly” Quinn starred.

She was the daughter of an Irish comedian, Jimmy Quinn, whereas Robert – born Chaim Reuben Weintrop – was from a Polish Jewish background and had fought in Flanders during the First World War. Continue reading