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Women's Swing Band plays Glenn Miller 1980s


Betty continued to be involved in .

“In the 80s there was the which was about thirteen or fourteen women, which wasn’t exclusively lesbian. I have memories of humping the speakers up those wretched stairs at the Mermaid on Stratford Road; it was grim. Barbie was in it, that was around the time Barbie got involved with Ro, because I can remember Ro coming to rehearsals. She didn’t play anything. There was that odd straight woman who giggled a lot and who was usually stoned, from Handsworth, called Marion. We had all sorts of instruments and played big band, , that sort of thing.”

Contributed by: Betty Hagglund, 50

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