Today it would be called a Talent Contest. It wasn’t a regular item in the repertoire. The contestants were mostly young. The items were often regional. In Fife there was nearly always someone reciting ‘The boy in the train’ – best known for the last line of each verse :-
‘- the next stop’s Kirkaldy’
Until the final verse (always good for a laugh) :-
‘For I ken mysel’ by the queer like smell
That the next stop’s Kirkcaldy.’
A reference to the linoleum factories in the town at that time.
Further North in the 1950’s there was always someone ready to sing ‘The Northern lights of old Aberdeen’.
A bonus was Highland Dancing. Usually a young girl, or girls. The audience were knowing critics.
In some rural areas the poem ‘A pair o’ Nicky Tams’ was a regular item. Again the last line of each verse was a sure laugh.