FESTIVE fun and frolics is very much on the menu as a group of plucky pensioners gear up for a Christmas concert in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Go On Tour are presenting a ‘Christmas Cracker Show,’ an afternoon of song, dance, comedy and fun – with a definite ‘ho ho ho’ emphasis – as they bring their fourth annual charity show back to St Andrew’s Church, Leyland.
Previous concerts have raised a four figure sum for the Preston-based cancer charity. This year, the team hope to raise even more for the cause as they tie their efforts in with Rosemere’s 20 years Anniversary Appeal.
The GO on Tour group (for GO think Golden Oldies) is based at the Thwaites Empire Theatre Blackburn and has been touring the region for several years. They perform up to an incredible 60 shows annually, appearing at birthday and special events, care homes, sheltered accommodation, WI and church groups and more.
Right now, the ‘recycled teenagers,’ who are enjoying a Christmas run of 22 shows, are excited about bringing their own brand of costumed and choreographed song, dance and humour back to Leyland.
Mandy Stableford, artistic director of GO on Tour who lives in Leyland, explained: “We were delighted to be asked to put together a show to help raise funds for Rosemere in 2014 and it’s now our annual charity fundraiser here. Once again, the Mayor of South Ribble is coming and we hope the church will be packed.
“Our repertoire spans the decades from the 1920s to the present day, so we always present a show that has something for everyone. St Andrew’s Church is a magnificent setting, and we are all looking forward to performing there again. It’s the first time we have brought our Christmas show and whatever happens, I promise everyone involved will have a good time!”
The ‘Rosemere Christmas Cracker’ show is open to the public with entry by donation, a suggested minimum of £5 (which includes refreshments). There will also be a ‘Christmas raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. It’s on Tuesday December 19, 2pm to 4pm.
Mandy says: “Everyone is invited, come and join us, you’ll be supporting a fantastic charity, a truly worthy cause while enjoying an afternoon of live entertainment.”
Dan Hill, chief fund-raising co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, added: “As ever, we are dependent on volunteers in the community for their support in so many different ways. At Rosemere, we are extremely grateful to Mandy and her team, I’m sure it will be a great afternoon in Leyland.”
Picture: It’s all GO in rehearsal: rear (L to R) Michael Kennedy, Lorraine May, Michael Berry,
Mandy Stableford, Keith Bradshaw, Ruth Bradshaw, Harold Monk;
Front (L to R) Gwen Tomlinson, Edna Warbrick, Glynis Holt
More information: Mandy Stableford 01772 455151