Popular singer’s daughter visits Hooe ladies club

The Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) welcomed a special guest to their meeting at Hooe Village Hall on May 9.

The members were entertained by Olivia Breeze, daughter of singer Alan Breeze, who was for many years the lead singer with the Billy Cotton Band Show.

Most members remembered the popular post war live radio broadcasts featuring Billy Cotton and Alan Breeze.

Olivia recalled her childhood when the family lived in West Ham and later moved to Norfolk. Her father started his singing carrier in clubs and pubs in London’s East End where he could expect to earn about 10 shillings a night working West End theatre queues. During his lifetime he produced some 78 recordings, with ‘I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts’ being one of his best known.

Alan Breeze also specialized in dubbing songs for actors who could not sing. He met Billy Cotton in 1932, which changed his life forever; he stayed with the Billy Cotton Band for 36 years.

Olivia, also a stage artist, led club members in a rousing rendition of ‘I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts’.