Entertaining sailors

Mary Sutton
Mary Sutton
The  former St Lukes girls school as it was until 1968

NOSTALGIA: Calling all ex-pupils of a Portsmouth school

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I was watching a film last week called Time of Our Lives and, in a scene in a theatre, the late Tessie O’Shea was getting the audience to sing along with her.

I wonder if any of you know this young lady? Her name is Mary Sutton and she did the same thing in Portsmouth theatres when they were full of sailors wanting entertainment.

I know she appeared regularly at the Theatre Royal in Commercial Road and also at the Embassy in Fawcett Road.

She had the same singing style as the great Deanna Durban, so would have been appreciated by the audience when she got them all singing along at the top of their voices.

If you knew of Mary, please drop me a line. Thank you.