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Bruce Trent

Past Deputy Musical Rat

Channel Islander Bruce Trent worked as an architectural draughtsman in Jersey before coming to England to play double bass in a band with whom he backed American jazz star Coleman Hawkins. However, his popularity as the band's vocalist led him to abandon the bass for a singing career. After war service in the Royal Engineers, during which he sang on BBC broadcasts with Glen miller, he enjoyed a long and successful career in the theatre, taking leading roles in West end musicals including Brigadoon, and on radio.

He took part in the GOWR Centenary Show in 1989 and the British Music Hall Silver Jubilee show, both at The London Palladium and I was privileged to accompany him when he sang at his 80th birthday party at The Green Room Club.

For many years Bruce was elected Deputy Musical Rat of the GOWR.

A gentleman of the old school with a fine voice and unfailing courtesy to all. A dear friend.

(Words written by Don Shearman, Past Musical Rat)
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