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gerontius grumpus
43377.  Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:20 pm Reply with quote

What is it about the Dagenham Girl Pipers?
They always used to get mentioned in 70s sitcoms.
Did they really exist?

 
mckeonj
43383.  Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:41 pm Reply with quote

Yes, but I can't prove it. I remember seeing them perform on television back in 1953, when there was ONE channel, BBC, black & white, 405 lines, on two hours each weekday, four on Saturday, only gettable within 30 miles of London. I think there was a young feller called Bruce Forsyth presenting 'Saturday Night at the London Palladium', and one of the dancing girls was Betty Boothroyd (Madam Speaker), while another one was my landlady's daughter's sister-in-law.

 
gerontius grumpus
43386.  Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:46 pm Reply with quote

Once seen never forgotten.

No wonder they are so talked about.

 
Flash
43394.  Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:17 pm Reply with quote

They're listed collectively as a member of the cast of Benny Hill's first film, 'Who Done It?' (tag line: 'Who cares?') (1956) on IMDb.

 
djgordy
43397.  Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:22 pm Reply with quote

http://atgbcentral.com/dgp.jpg

 
Ponderer
46223.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:55 am Reply with quote

I think it's the combination of words, and that they were female (as indicated by the girl bit). There were also mentioned in Round the Horne.

 
Che Kinolova
848237.  Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:30 am Reply with quote

Douglas Adams also mentioned them in 'The Salmon of Doubt';

DREAM LOVER:The Dagenham Girl Pipers. With all due respect and love to my dear wife, there are some things that, however loving or tender your wife may be, only a large pipe band can give you.


The girls are still performing at venues around the country though, sadly, not given rep in modern sit-coms, it seems!

 
Spud McLaren
848331.  Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:13 pm Reply with quote

Welcome, Che - nice handle, Kidd!

 
nitwit02
848462.  Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:35 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
Yes, but I can't prove it. I remember seeing them perform on television back in 1953, when there was ONE channel, BBC, black & white, 405 lines, on two hours each weekday, four on Saturday, only gettable within 30 miles of London. I think there was a young feller called Bruce Forsyth presenting 'Saturday Night at the London Palladium', and one of the dancing girls was Betty Boothroyd (Madam Speaker), while another one was my landlady's daughter's sister-in-law.


I can also prove their existence. They were guests in one of several TV programs recorded in England and on the continent by Frankie Laine in 1953. I have a copy of the show.

 
bobwilson
848473.  Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:26 pm Reply with quote

I've seen a T-shirt reading "Dagenham Girl Pipers blow" - sadly, this didn't turn out to be a source of some exotic form of marijuana

 
Spud McLaren
869005.  Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:01 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
...one of the dancing girls was Betty Boothroyd (Madam Speaker), while another one was my landlady's daughter's sister-in-law.
Betty was one of the Tiller Girls. But I don't know about your landlady's daughter's sister-in-law.

 

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