Singers reunion

Who remembers The Black and White Minstrels? Golfers in Bridgnorth were intrigued in the summer to hear singing voices in full flow and stunned to discover the reunion of cast members was taking place in their clubhouse.

The singing troupe was founded by Shropshire lad George Mitchell who would have been 100 this year; so this year’s reunion at Bridgnorth Golf Club was quite special. Times and attitudes have changed, but in 1961 The Black and White Minstrels were voted the best light entertainment show and won the Golden Rose at the Montreux Festival. George Mitchell produced his first concert troupe in the army during WWII and signed up with the BBC in 1945. Local lady Angela Astell, a former member of the troupe, was responsible for booking the venue and bringing the reunion together.

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