Players combine fact and fiction for show

This December, one of North Northumberland's most successful working partnerships will be back to combine fact and fiction in its own uniquely entertaining style.

On December 8 and 9, the Belford Players will perform The Tale of the Resurrectionists.

Set in the 18th century it centres on the Rev John Thompson and some strangely dark goings on in the village.

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The Rev Thompson is said to have survived a hazardous crossing of the Tweed to take up his new position in the village of Belford in 1792. His dramatic entrance proved to be a sign of things to come.

Distrusted by many of the villagers, the play weaves real facts and a liberal sprinkling of fiction as to how he was able to gain their confidence, tackle some mysterious events and serve the village for more than 50 years.

The play, which will have its inaugural performance at Erskine United Reformed Church in Belford, is the latest in a series of specially commissioned pieces, which form part of a larger URC project to highlight the brave characters who lead this Dissenting History. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, it includes the performances, exhibits and a book.

Entrance to the shows on both days is by donation.

There will be a raffle, and refreshments will also be available.