In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the following article.
An extract from The Stage newspaper, published on 31 December 1954, tells how stars gathered for a Christmas concert to raise funds for RLSB.
Vera Lynn’s Seventh Concert For The Blind
It is doubtful whether any group of people enjoyed their Christmas treat more than the members of the Royal London Society for the Blind who attended their seventh annual concert in their own hall on December 23.
‘Veteran’ of the show was Vera Lynn, charming as ever, making her seventh appearance. She has been in every RSB concert since their inauguration.
And Miriam Karlin made her first appearance on Thursday, proving so popular that it will certainly not be her last; Robert Moreton officiated at the raffling ceremony as well as selecting some choice jokes from his bumper fun book; Robert Easton sang Boots in a fine deep voice; Elton Hayes provided relaxing and gently rhythm, and Benny Hill soon set everyone guffawing at the gags the BBC like – but not over the air!
Max Jaffa and Jack Byfield provided serious music on piano and violin to highly appreciative listeners; Malcolm Mitchell, a former local resident, proved tremendously popular with his songs and joking; Suzette Tarri amused in her own individual style, and Joan Turner roamed from opera to burlesque with gaiety and skill. Philip Slessor proved a popular compere and the accompanist who set the feet tapping and the voices ringing in community song was Nora Brightwell.
Ethel Revnell sent her best wishes for the occasion by way of a recordin which she had made specially to be relayed at the concert.