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Glamorous line-up of Tiller Girls for The Ken Dodd Laughter Show at The Opera House in 1971
Glamorous line-up of Tiller Girls for The Ken Dodd Laughter Show at The Opera House in 1971
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Do you remember the Tiller Girls when they went through their eye-watering, high-kicking routines, including a summer season in the Ken Dodd Laughter Show at the Opera House 50 years ago?

How about the distinctive darkened faces of TV stars the Black and White Minstrels, whose travels brought them to the same Blackpool theatre for a summer run in 1965?

Or can you recall a few of your favourite things about that 1960s blockbuster film The Sound of Music, which packed out cinemas across the UK that same year?

Makers of a new UKTV documentary about the 1960s are looking to interview people who can share their memories of what they describe as “this wonderful time”.

Leona Coulter, specialist researcher at DoubleBand Films, says: “The programme is a light-hearted look behind the iconic images of the 1960s, to the musicians who appealed to the masses, and the stars of stage and screen who really drew in the viewers – stars of the Royal Variety Show and The Sound of Music, for example.

“People who loved The Sound of Music in the early days, and who saw the film or stage production, bought the record or starred in the show, whether it be at the West End, an amateur production or even a school production from the 1960s, are the kind of readers we are seeking.

“What about the fans of Ken Dodd, Acker Bilk or Englebert Humperdinck, and who went to see them in concert in the 1960s or remember their music filling their homes? People who were members of a dancing troupe, like The Black and White Minstrels or The Tiller Girls in the 1960s, those who appeared in or worked backstage in a 1960s Royal Variety Performance, or who travelled to London to see a show?

“Photographs, memorabilia and home movies relating to any of the above are of great interest to us, as are any home movies that can give us an insight into the fashions and music of the 1960s,” says Leona.

If you can assist in any way, contact Leona by email at or on either 028 9269 0767 or 07905 913975.