Gang Show fun for Scouts and Guides
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.”
●● Sutton’s Gang Time Show involved more than 140 young people