Gang Show fun for Scouts and Guides

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

GIRLS and boys took to the stage for Sut­ton’s Gang Time Show at the scout hut.

The show is based on the tra­di­tional gang shows which started in 1932 as the­atri­cal per­for­mances for scouts and guides.

It saw 140 young peo­ple aged be­tween five and 17 from the 1st Sut­ton St James Scout and Guide Group take part in a va­ri­ety of per­for­mances, in­clud­ing com­edy sketches, songs, dances, gym­nas­tics, music and po­etry.

They were made up of Rain­bows, Beavers, Brown­ies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts and Ex­plor­ers.

More than 50 adult vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing lead­ers, back­stage crew and those in the dress­ing rooms, serv­ing re­fresh­ments and a road safety team, helped make the show hap­pen.

The dress re­hearsal was free for pen­sion­ers and res­i­dents from Sut­ton’s Rossendale Trust who al­ways at­tend the show, which is held at Sut­ton Scout and Guide Centennial Head­quar­ters.

The show ran for two nights and each was a sell­out, with 200 seats each night.

Katie Waugh, pro­ducer, said: “We do the show ev­ery two years and it’s our big­gest fundraiser to help keep run­ning costs of the group down.

“The many, many hours of ded­i­ca­tion and hard work in the months lead­ing up to the show were all worth it to see the chil­dren’s de­lighted faces as the cur­tains closed af­ter each out­stand­ing per­for­mance and to hear the praise and ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the au­di­ence.

“The first Gang Show na­tion­ally was in 1932, pro­duced by Ralph Reader CBE. We still use some of his songs from back then, in­clud­ing the Sut­ton favourite fi­nale Crest of a Wave which is now known as the an­them of a gang show.

“We had a num­ber of VIPs at­tend, in­clud­ing District and County Scout­ing and Guid­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives. David Rut­ley MP and mayor Hilda Gad­dum both watched the show and said how much they’d thor­oughly en­joyed the show and raved about what a high stan­dard it had been.”

The first Gang Time show in Sut­ton was in 1976.

Guide lead­ers said how proud they were of the chil­dren who took part.

Mark Eden, District Com­mis­sioner for Scout­ing, said: “It was a most en­joy­able evening.

“I par­tic­u­larly like see­ing the beam­ing smiles on the faces of the young ac­tors. They were ob­vi­ously hav­ing fun and so did the au­di­ence.”

Pic­tures: Richard Buck

●● Sut­ton’s Gang Time Show in­volved more than 140 young peo­ple

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