This decade begins with a 19 month period of closure! The reason for this is doubtless war-related though I'm still pursuing the details.
The domination of the highly popular jazz / swing & big bands continued throughout the forties in Dunfermline.
Saturday 28th February 1942 saw a competition launched to write a waltz-timed chorus around the famous Ballroom slogan 'Dance & Be Gay The KB Way' for a prize of 1/2 guinea (ten shillings and sixpence - 10/6).
A talent contest, known as I.D.C. (Impersonations. Dancing. Crooning) was launched on Monday 20th July 1942. The winner was determined by public vote from 12 finalists on the 15th July 1942 for a cash prize, predating The X-Factor by some 63 years!
The Ballroom's popularity was self-evident as on Saturday 8th May 1943 the management apologised in a local newspaper for turning patrons away, asking them to accept the 'House Full' sign.
Resident bands worked very hard at this time as these residencies were for six nights a week with only Sunday nights off!