To: Mrs D. Collins, Ivy House, Swainsthorpe, Norwich, Norfolk
Dear Daphne [?] & Jill
Having a lovely time here in London. Went to the top of this Post Office Tower yesterday & what a wonderful view one gets of London. Going to see Anona Winn etc. at the B.B.C. studios tonight. Hope you are both OK also animals. I don’t think we shall be coming home until Saturday morning. See City won last night. Hope the girls are enjoying themselves.
Love to you both Winn & Ken
[Twenty Questions was broadcast that night at 7pm on the Home Service, presumably live. Radio Times lists the participants as Anona Winn, Joy Adamson, Norman Hackforth and Peter Glaze, with Kenneth Horne in the chair. Anona Winn (Anona Edna Wilkins) was an Australian born singer, composer, actress and broadcaster. She trained under Dame Nellie Melba who apparently persuaded her to change her name to Winn and called her “a human flute”. She settled in the UK and was a regular on the Home Service, first as a performer in programmes such as Songs from the Shows (from 1930) and Variety Bandbox, later as a regular in panel shows such as Just a Minute and Twenty Questions. She was in the very first edition of Twenty Questions in 1947 as well as the last, thirty years later, in 1976. She devised (with Ian Messiter) and chaired Petticoat Line, an all-women panel show which discussed listeners’ letters and problems. Her obituary in the Independent notes “This was before the women’s lib movement reached its present status.” Anona Winn died aged 90 in 1994.]