1997.148.37

1943 ENSA concert party

Photograph of an ENSA concert party in 1943.

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Courtesy of Mr Angus MacLean

ENSA, the Entertainments National Service Association, was set up in 1939 to provide entertainment for the British armed forces during World War II. Operating as a part of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institute (NAAFI), it was affectionately known as ‘Every Night Something Awful’.

This photograph is of a travelling concert party which performed in front of the RAF base personnel in October 1943. Concerts consisted of a couple of hours of singing, comedy and sketches, some good and some not so good.

Their spirit and dedication was admired and appreciated, even on return visits of the same concert party when the show had been seen before.

Black and white photograph of a wartime revue.

Wartime revue at RAF Tiree on 15/10/1943. (Original in Filing Cabinet 2 drawer 1: 1997.178)

Object Details

Other Number: B21
Normal Location: Photograph Shelves: photographs – B1-99
Current Location: normal location

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