Boys' Brigade London District Displays

7 May 1971 - 20:00

Boys' Brigade London Display 1971

Carey Ellis

First visit

My first memories of visiting the Royal Albert Hall are from the 1970’s attending the Boys’ Brigade London District Displays. My dad was a member of staff at the 2nd West Kent Company in Blackheath, South London. During the 1970s this company were in the final of the Daily Telegraph Drill Competition 5 times – winning it 3 times so the family would go to the Saturday evening performance, when the final took place.

The first time I visited, I remember being overwhelmed by the building from the outside but once inside in awe of the red velvet everywhere and sitting on the seats in the stalls that swivelled was amazing. On 2 of these occasions my dad produced an item for the Display – Joseph & his Technicolor Dream Coat and Mexico 1970 World Cup. We would wait in our seats at the end of the display until everyone had left to go home and he would come and collect us and we would go into the area and down the stairs to the basement where the dressing rooms were. Underneath was a labyrinth of corridors, doors, cables, low lights on the ceiling totally another world. I have been a fan of the RAH since and seen many events & concerts. It really is a fabulous place.       

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