Violet and Lloyd Day Collection

A collection of ephemera and other material relating to the lives and performance careers of variety artists Violet and Lloyd Day

About Violet and Lloyd Day

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Violet and Lloyd Day at their wedding

Lloyd (Leonard) and Violet Day were variety artists who performed in Glasgow in the late 1950s as Vi and Lloyd Day. Violet was born in Birmingham in 1923 to performing parents, and performed with them as a young woman, as “Dean, Dixon & Day”. Leonard was born in York in 1932.

They married in Glasgow 1956, and began a variety career, performing in hundreds of theatres throughout the UK. The posters advertising their performances bill them as Exciting Young Stars and their strapline was Two Days to Remember and These are the Days. Leonard died in 1960, of malignant melanoma, at the age of 27.

Violet went on to perform in various theatres and cruise ships and founded a dance school in Glasgow.

About the collection

The collection contains posters, programmes, ephemera and letters relating to Violet and Lloyd’s life and career. Early school reports and a drawing book document Violet’s school life, and early photographs of her and her family depict her as a child performer. The documents, including birth and death certificates, as well as letters and cards of sympathy, give us a stark reminder of her husband Lloyd’s short life.

Their stage diaries, equity cards, calling cards and notes tell the story of an energetic vibrant couple, who loved to perform. There are many signed photographs of fellow variety performers in the collection, including those of Jimmy Shand and Sarah Vaughan.

As the section containing programmes shows, their performances took them all over the UK, from the Pavillion in Glasgow to the Empire Theatre in Finsbury Park.

Finding aid

Violet and Lloyd Day collection listing (PDF, 151KB)

Further reading

Glasgow Theatres Collection - link coming soon

University of Glasgow, Scottish Theatre Archive

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