DORSET’S last remaining Gang Show celebrates its 60th anniversary at Christchurch Regent Centre, on Friday and Saturday 21st and 22nd February.
“On The Crest of a Wave” will be on stage both nights from 7.15, with a 2.15 Saturday matinee.
The Regent show by Christchurch Scouts and Guides is the only major gang show between Exeter and Southampton and one of only 125 gang shows left in the country. It is one of the longest running in Britain, having begun life in April 1960 at the Priory Church Hall, before moving to the old Town Hall in 1963 and Twynham School in 1969. The Regent Centre has been its home since 1998. This will be their 41st show over the 60-year period. The show is now produced every two years.
The 2020 anniversary show has a cast of 78 from the Christchurch area, performing a non-stop extravaganza of songs, dance routines, sketches, skits, slapstick, and stand-up comedy.
Since Ralph Reader produced the very first Gang Show in Great Britain in 1932, it has become a worldwide showcase for young people.
The show will include some of Ralph Reader’s own songs like Strolling and including the traditional grand finale, On the Crest of a Wave. Reader presented the Christchurch Scouts and Guides with their special Gang Show Red Scarf when he attended a celebration of the Christchurch Gang Show in November 1966 at the old Pontins Holiday Camp ballroom on the banks of the River Stour in Christchurch.