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Northern Showground


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A round-up of stars and personalities who are appearing at leading holiday resorts in the North, in which Richard Murdoch introduces The Win-a-Holiday Quiz with Jimmy Leach at the organ.
Guest artists Lita Roza, Ken Dodd, The Chocolateers, Joe Lynch, Tutte Lemkow and Sara Luzita.
Vocal continuity by the Kordites and the Hindley-Taylor Singers
BBC Northern Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth
From the Playhouse Theatre, Manchester.


Presenter (Win-a-Holiday Quiz): Richard Murdoch
Organist (Win-a-Holiday Quiz): Jimmy Leach
Singer: Lita Roza
Comedian: Ken Dodd
Performers: The Chocolateers
Comedian: Joe Lynch
Dancer/Choreography: Tutte Lemkow
Dancer: Sara Luzita
Singers: The Kordites
Singers: The Hindley-Taylor Singers
Dancers: Anatole Smirnoff
Dancers: Jean Mostyn
Dancers: Ken Tilsen
Dancers: Lorna Wood
Dancers: Stanley Fleet
Dancers: Shirley Rees
Musicians: BBC Northern Variety Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Alyn Ainsworth
Musical arrangements: Alan Roper
Director: Frederick Knapman
Producer: Ronnie Taylor

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