Singer Rosemary Squires has been awarded the British Music Hall Society’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
She had been booked to perform as the star cabaret at the society’s annual ball, which was held in the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, and was overwhelmed when the honour was sprung on her.
The ball was compered by veteran broadcaster Pete Murray, who has known Rosemary since they became acquainted on the legendary 1950’s TV show ‘Six-Five Special’.
Since then, he said, she had remained faithful to her particular style and talent, so widely admired as a true professional, yet never losing her natural personality.
After being presented with an inscribed rose bowl to mark her achievement, Rosemary said: “Having celebrated 60 years in the business with two special tours of national venues for Diamond Jubilee Year, including two appearances at the Royal Festival Hall, recognition by my peer group is the icing on the cake for me.”
Rosemary then treated the professional audience to 25 minutes of traditional cabaret – every number received a standing ovation. It was a performance acclaimed by Society president Roy Hudd as “sensational – the performance of a lifetime”.