In memory of our star Sally

Carol Hawkins and Jimmy Campbell with Sally's Star.
Carol Hawkins and Jimmy Campbell with Sally's Star.

A special award recognising dancing talent has been created in memory of an amateur dramatics stalwart who lost her cancer battle.

Sally’s Star is named in honour of long-standing Alnwick Theatre Club member Sally Miller, who died last year.

The accolade, made from crystal glass, will be presented annually to the best chorus dancer in the group’s pantomime.

This year’s award – the first of its kind – was given to Carol Hawkins, for her efforts in Sleeping Beauty, which was performed in January.

In an emotional ceremony, Sally’s partner, Jimmy Campbell, presented the accolade.

Chairman of the club, Peter Biggers, believes Sally’s Star is a fitting tribute to the much-loved club member who choreographed many of the group’s pantomimes.

He said: “Sally’s family very kindly presented the donations that friends and family gave at the funeral to the theatre club.

“We felt that, as well as other things that we may do with the money to the benefit of the club and the Playhouse, that it would be a fitting tribute to Sally if we had an award in her memory for the best chorus dancer in the pantomime.

“The Star is beautiful and I am sure Sally would have approved of it.”

Joanne Burn, who was the choreographer for Sleeping Beauty, was this year’s judge.

Peter said: “Joanne decided the Star should go to Carol and said she knew Sally would have made the same choice because Carol is someone who applied herself to learning the routines – helping other chorus members and quietly getting on and dancing all the shows in a very accomplished way.”

He added: “The club is indebted to Jimmy for having the courage to make the presentation for us.”

Alan Ayckborn’s Neighbourhood Watch at Alnwick Playhouse from Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm. The show is suitable for 14years+. Tickets are £10, £9 conc, £6 child/student. Call 01665 510785.