Olympic gold for laughter goes to Wooler

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It’ll Be Alright on the Night, by Wooler Community Panto Group, Glendale Middle School, Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26.

THERE was a vague Olympics theme to this energetic production based on the notion that Wooler has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympics.

It’s a news story that this newspaper has unaccountably missed but, if true, then Wooler would take the silver medal for music and the gold for laughter. And the bronze medal for The Wooler Slappers, the ageing male dance troupe who brought the house down – twice if you count their encore.

But my favourite of the 19 acts was the sketch spoofing the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics which managed to send up most of the villages around Wooler, especially Kirknewton, along with a host of local characters.

Compere Louis Warmington told us with self-deprecating humour that the original title for the production was Wooler Variety Show, but was changed to It’ll Be Alright on the Night when they saw the first rehearsals.

Well, they needn’t have worried, it was.

In addition the performance raised more than £2,500 for local charities including the Great North Air Ambulance, Wooler Drop-In, Wooler Cubs, Wooler Christmas Lights Appeal and the Chatton Animal Sanctuary.