Daisy's key to success

PUBLISHED: 15:25 04 August 2006 | UPDATED: 22:02 28 May 2010

Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson

THERE was hardly a dinner in March or the surrounding villages where Daisy Johnson was not present as an entertainer or pianist. When this picture, left, was taken in 1966, Daisy had more than 500 menus she had kept as souvenirs from local events. Everyon

THERE was hardly a dinner in March or the surrounding villages where Daisy Johnson was not present as an entertainer or pianist.

When this picture, left, was taken in 1966, Daisy had more than 500 menus she had kept as souvenirs from local events.

Everyone knew her signature tune This is a Lovely Way to Spend an Evening. Daisy, of March, began playing the piano when she was five and was in panto at the age of seven.

Her parents were both wellknown entertainers.

After leaving school she left the town but returned in 1941 and was soon organising concerts for the Forces and hospitals.

During the Second World War she accompanied many of the artistes from London who were doing shows in the area. She was always billed as "My Piano and I."

In later years, she played with a drummer and an accordion.

Daisy said she didn't like modern pop music because the songs had no melody line.

However, she did like some of the music by Lennon and McCartney saying their music must have some merit because it was being recorded by orchestras.

CROWDS flocked to Wisbech Trade Fair in 1956, above, and in the opinion of most visitors the event was "fabulous".

It was held in Wisbech Park and entrance was just sixpence.

With dozens of stands to look at there was an exotic Garden of Fantasy where those with aching feet could relax and listen to light music. Within an hour of opening 1,000 people had passed through the elaborate tree-lined entrance gate opposite Ruby Street.

One of the guests was TV personality Gilbert Harding. An 80-year-old stagecoach used in 1913 for sightseeing tours in the Lake District attracted a great deal of interest after it had been painted by Wicks (Coachbuilders) Ltd of Wisbech.

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