Over-50s prove they are still showstoppers

Amateur theatre group GO On Tour performed a variety show at St Andrews Church Leyland in aid of Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation'Pictured are Jill Ford, Gwen Tomlinson, Ruth Bradshaw, Karen Walton, Julie Turner, Councillor Graham Walton, Mandy Stableford, Glynis Holt, Lorraine May
Amateur theatre group GO On Tour performed a variety show at St Andrews Church Leyland in aid of Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation'Pictured are Jill Ford, Gwen Tomlinson, Ruth Bradshaw, Karen Walton, Julie Turner, Councillor Graham Walton, Mandy Stableford, Glynis Holt, Lorraine May

Active ‘Oldies’ dressed as showgirls with head-dresses, swinging nuns, belly dancers and much more helped raise hundreds of pounds for a local cancer charity.

Amateur theatre group GO On Tour performed a variety show at St Andrew’s Church in Leyland in aid of Preston-based Rosemere Cancer
Foundation.

The town’s parish church had never seen anything like it as Go On Tour presented a fast-moving afternoon of light-hearted entertainment with costumed and choreographed song, dance and humour.

The over 50s group, which is based at Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, treated an enthusiastic audience to more than 30 numbers ranging from musical favourites, sixties classics and disco hits through to the present day.

Deputy Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, along with his wife Karen, were guests of honour at the show.

Coun Walton said: “We recently took in a show in London’s West End and, I have to say, I enjoyed this afternoon more.

“There has been a real feel-good factor, lots of energy and lots of fun. Well done to everyone involved.”

Mandy Stableford, GO On Tour artistic director, added: “We are all volunteers and we do up to 60 shows a year, often taking the colour of live theatre to those who are unable to get out and about.

“The team entertains in nursing and care homes, community venues and more.

“It was great to be able to showcase a small part of our wide ranging repertoire at St Andrew’s, which is a wonderful venue – and to raise money for such a worthy cause is a real bonus.

“We had a very responsive audience and a really fun afternoon.”

Paula Richardson, area fundraising co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “Clearly a lot of hard work went into this production and the team clearly had great fun presenting the show.

“Our work at Rosemere depends so much on voluntary efforts from groups such as this and we are extremely grateful.”