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Talent at Christmas

The opportunity taken to take to the stage and display talent at Christmas provided a programme for a festive Variety Show in the Town Hall, all admirably supported by the Lindum Accordion Club.

The show was held later than usual which added to the fun, particularly for the children as there was great excitement in the second half when a special visitor they were expecting kept putting in a brief appearance behind compere Margaret Kane.

They generated a pantomime atmosphere with their calls of ‘He’s behind you’ as Margaret searched for him in vain behind the curtains between each act, but at the end of the concert he really did appear on the stage with a gift for them all.

The audience filled the hall and as Margaret, who had organised the show on behalf of the Town Hall Management Committee, appeared on stage to extend a welcome, she too added a festive touch with her tinsel tiara.

She extended a special welcome to the ten members of the Lindum Accordion Group with their conductor, who had volunteered to share their talent as they appreciate the hospitality they enjoy at Wragby Town Hall where they hold their regular rehearsals and are so well looked after.

And they got the show off to a swinging start with a musical medley of well known tunes, which had everyone foot tapping away, before a very sparkly Vicky James took to the stage to entertain with a selection of the poems she had written herself.

Jar of Hearts was 12-year-old Felicity Turner’s choice of song for the first half and her beautiful voice rang out as she sang to recorded music and received rapturous applause.

Jaqui Maplethorpe followed with a monologue and Lily Newland-Shepherd delighted everyone with her ballet dancing, as her obvious enjoyment on stage was infectious.

Members of the Wragby Scout Group - Felicity Turner, Ben Flear, Harry Alcock, George Alcock, Claire Alcock and William Bailey - performed two amusing sketches - What’s Up and ‘The Carpet Fitters’ - before Colin Knowles took to the stage to sing ‘Raining in my Heart’ unaccompanied.

And the first half ended with more music from a group of the Wragby Handbell Ringers playing a medley of tunes.

Members of the Town hall Management Committee served refreshments as everyone met together in the annex, where there was a buzz of jolly chatter before it was time to take a seat for the second half of the variety show, which was again interspersed by brief glimpses of Santa.

Jaqui Maplethorpe, who Margaret announced was celebrating her Diamond Wedding, was first on stage with more monologues, before Colin Knowles sang, again unaccompanied choosing ‘The Book’ which contained beautiful words.

Vicky James read a further selection of her poems and Felicity Turner was in a really festive mood as her voice filled the hall with ‘All I want for Christmas is You’.

A very obviously wounded Janet Box presented an hilarious one woman sketch appearing on stage with her walking aids as she related her tale of her industrial accident to a very amused audience.

And then there was more delightful junior ballet, this time from Charlie- Newland Shepherd.

The sisters both dance beautifully and obviously enjoy sharing their talent just as much as everyone enjoys watching them and while the younger sister did not take to the stage in the second half of the programme, she took the opportunity to dance around the audience informally.

The Wragby Scout Troop then presented their hilarious ‘Radio Show’, the first time they had managed to complete without interruption, their leader Graham Turner explained as each rehearsal had ended prematurely with a fit of giggles.

The Lindum Accordionists donned their Santa Hats to bring the Christmas Variety Show to a very festive end with a selection of favourite carols, including Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells, Silent night and a rousing Jingle Bell Rock encouraging their audience to join in and song along with the music.

Santa then really appeared with his sack, much to the young peoples delight and the stars of the show were presented with a gift from it, together with all the children who were present in their audience.

Chairman of the Town Hall Management Committee Kathy Lowe thanked everyone involved with the show and in particular Margaret for organising the programme and acting as compere on the night and Mike Fricke who had been in charge of the lights.

And there was a big thank you to Santa too, together with appreciation for the tea ladies who were on duty during the interval and to all who had helped in any way.

The members of the Accordion Club returned to the Town Hall during the week for their annual Christmas Party, when members of Wragby WI were on duty catering for their festive supper.