Gwyneth Boyko began attending the Grand during the Second World War.

“We used to get on the bus at the bottom of Gough Street to Wolverhampton, it was two pence. We’d go to the Women’s Voluntary Services (WVS); it had a little place opposite the town hall. You’d get a small portion of beans on toast for a very small amount of money. We’d do that then we’d stand in the queue in the passages at the side of the theatre for the rep. The Co-Op had got the shops over the road. If we went to matinee performance, we’d go and have a look in. if you could afford it, you’d go in the Victoria hotel. You queued until the theatre opened; you climbed up all those stairs. I think we used to pay one and sixpence. I had a favourite seat…we could only afford the Upper Circle and it was the second row, in the middle on the right, where the man with the lantern slides was. He was advertising lots of local things at the beginning. And of course, the curtain was always lovely to see- it was dancers, I’ve always got a picture of it in my mind… If the theatre was full, which it frequently was, they allowed some people to stand and watch. At the interval if we could afford it, we’d have a drink- right at the back at the top, a tea or coffee. The last bus went at nine, the last train at ten past ten. When you came out of the theatre about a quarter to ten, you chased down the road to the station and the platform was packed and my goodness me it was hard work getting on the train to go to Willenhall.”

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