Dancing to a live band and laughter in the aisles with Belford Players’ new production formed the launch of Belford’s Dissenting Histories project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The focus of the launch was the celebration of the 200-year-old church clock mounted in the gallery of Erskine United Reformed Church, which was built by Thomas Tait, a clockmaker and poet, in the village. The clock had not been working for some years, but in its bicentennial year it has been cleaned and repaired and is working perfectly once more.
The launch took place recently in the Ferguson Hall on Nursery Lane, Belford, with live music from the band Reflections, led by Jeff and Jill Sutheran, featuring music from the fifties and subsequent decades, pictured on the left.
As a backdrop, photographs of events and people at the Ferguson Hall and Erskine Church from the fifties onwards were displayed on the overhead screen, provided by Belford Cinema, which is a regular in the village’s entertainment programme.
The following night, beneath the old church clock, the Belford Players performed their new play, Marking Time, specially written for the clock’s bicentenary.
The excellent play focused on Thomas Tait, the clock, and the commissioning of the clock when Rev John Thompson, a larger-than-life character, was the resident minister at Erskine.
The players were accompanied by Eric Gassner, pictured right.