Songs, sketches and jokes old and new

Mary Hollins takes a call. Picture by Terry Collinson
Mary Hollins takes a call. Picture by Terry Collinson

Two sell-out shows have raised more than £2,000 for a village hall refurbishment fund.

Alnmouth Show attracted a packed house on both nights, bringing in a huge boost for the Hindmarsh Hall refubishment fund.

Children from Hipsburn School singing songs from the First World War got the show off to a lively start.

The pupils had been practising for the previous few weeks and appeared on stage in period costume.

Other items in the programme included sets from Alnwick Ukulele Riff-Raff, flamenco guitarist Cliff Blakey and flautist Laura Murphy, as well as an extended turn from talented duo Josie McDonagh and Phil Smith.

Songs from Len Reece and Ian MacKarill, a jocular rendition of the Highway Code from the Alnmouth Friars and a series of comedy sketches featuring the collective talents of John Ward, John Gregson, Mary Hollins, Robin Winder, Simon Rushden and Andrew Baxter all contributed to an evening that provided a wide variety of entertainment.

A dedicated team of helpers, led by show director Jonathon Webb, made the whole thing possible and thoughts are already turning to 2019.