ENSA (The Entertainments National Service Association) dinner time entertainment at Charlton Works - photograph

The Entertainments National Service Association (E.N.S.A.) entertains staff at Charlton Works, where London Transport's trams were maintained and repaired, on 16 August 1940. Entertainer Geraldo (of 'Geraldo and his Orchestra') is signing autographs for members of transport staff after his 'Break for the Music' performance, which was also broadcast by the B.B.C. Geraldo and his Orchestra featured on the soundtrack to 'Dad's Army', a television programme about the wartime Home Guard that was aired from the late 1960s. E.N.S.A. performers travelled throughout Britain and overseas to entertain the British forces and people involved in war work. The performances were designed to boost morale during the dark, uncertain times of the Second World War. E.N.S.A. was jokingly called 'Every Night Something Awful'! The image has been retouched to create a blank background behind Geraldo and his fans.
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16 Aug 1940
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Photographer : Topical Press
Transport for London

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