Youngsters set for 50th Gang Show

Blackpool scouts, cubs and beavers at the dress rehearsal for their 50th anniversary gasng show at the Globe theatre, Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool scouts, cubs and beavers at the dress rehearsal for their 50th anniversary gasng show at the Globe theatre, Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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MUSICAL classics and pop legends will be the order of the day as talented youngsters take to the stage for this year’s Gang Show.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Guides and youth leaders from Blackpool will join forces for the 50th annual performance to thrill audiences with a broad selection of hits ranging from songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to David Bowie.

Anyone watching should be prepared for costumes as bright as the performances during the show’s five night stint at the Pleasure Beach’s Globe Theatre.

And following the final dress rehearsals, director Joan Swan told The Gazette: “This is going to be an excellent and brilliant show.

“It’s very special and it’s a celebration of our young people who still perform today.

“The show is as good as it has ever been and it always builds confidence and relationships.”

This year’s show pays tribute to Gang Show creator Ralph Reader, the actor and theatrical producer who came up with the concept.

Steve Williamson, Scouts district commissioner, said: “It never ceases to amaze me year after year.

“Everything we have done this year has been tremendous and the time and effort which has gone in to this has been unbelievable.

“Some of the kids here have been rehearsing for two days a week since September and they have been putting an awful lot of time in on top of their normal Scouting and Guiding.”

April Blunt, 15, from the 47th Blackpool Guides, Hawes Side, is taking part in her fourth Gang Show.

She said: “It’s really nice to meet new people.

“Everyone enjoys it and we all have lots of fun.

Thomas Dewhirst, 12, from 3rd Blackpool Scouts, Layton, has returned for a second year to take part in the show.

He added: “It’s a very exciting show. It’s a great achievement to be going for 50 years.

Max Casson, nine, from 5th Blackpool Cubs, said: “The best thing about this is making new friends and everyone is always smiling.”

The 50th Gang Show runs from tonight until Saturday.

Tickets cost £8.50 for adults and £6.50 for children.

Call the Ticket Hotline on 0871 222 9090.