Relive the golden days with Mavis

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Singer Mavis Lane will be among the performers in The Golden Days Of Variety at the Spring Arts Centre in Havant.

Mavis is the daughter of dance-band leader Benny Freedman, who played nightly at the Savoy Ballroom in Southsea.

She attended Portsmouth Southern Grammar School and sang with her father’s band at the age of 15 before going to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – and then embarked on a successful professional career.

She now lives at Cowplain but has not appeared locally for many years despite singing in shows and cabaret across Britain and Europe.

The Golden Days Of Variety will feature a mix of UK and international performers presenting different styles of entertainment.

They are headed by Ronnie (The Squire) Hayward, a comedian who was a favourite in series such as The Comedians, Sunday Night At The London Palladium and The Val Doonican Show.

He has worked around the world on cruise ships, in theatre and in cabaret and has hosted his own radio shows.

Among other performers will be top UK harmonica player Johnny Stafford, and Mike Pannel who directed and appeared in Aladdin at the Regis Centre, Bognor, last Christmas and tours the country playing Bud Flanagan in The Flanagan And Allen Story.

The Golden Days Of Variety is on Thursday, February 24 (7.15pm). Tickets: (023) 9247 2700 or