Fam­ily tree set to branch out as

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE - By Gareth Alexan­der

Craig Pike, Cal­lum Massie, Eileen Pike, Yvonne Mor­ton, Han­nah Jar­ret, Rhonda Scott and Laura Pike.

ASUPERB show which has fast be­come a North­east in­sti­tu­tion is set to re­turn to the stage. Side by Side, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Pike fam­ily and Mair clan, will hit Aberdeen’s Arts Cen­tre to­mor­row and Satur­day. And the show – born out of a very per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence – has done a lot of good for char­ity. One of the show’s stars and de­vis­ers, Laura Pike, said: “I has a stroke in 2002 when I was about to have my daugh­ter. “I made a very good re­cov­ery with the help of Cameron Hos­pi­tal in Fife. We de­cided to start this to give them some money and thank them for all the sup­port I had when I wasn’t very well.” Year on year, the show con­tin­ues to raise cash for wor­thy causes close to the hearts of both the fam­i­lies in­volved. “We’ve grown up with each other and we de­cided we’d take our tal­ents and put to­gether a show just to raise funds,” Laura said. “As they years went on there were de­mands by the pub­lic who said it was such a great show – and we made a lot of money – that we just de­cided to keep this go­ing. “We’ve branched out and made be­tween £20,000 and £25,000 over the last five or six years.” And this year the char­i­ties set to ben­e­fit are Kid­neys for Kids and Blesma, the Bri­tish Lim­b­less Ex-Ser­vice Men’s As­so­ci­a­tion. But Laura says it’s not all fundrais­ing, as the show is a labour of love for ev­ery­one in­volved. She said: “It’s amaz­ing how

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