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Grant will help keep our show on the road.

A SPECIALIST theatre group is celebrating after scooping a PS1,700 windfall.

Grangetown-based Backstreet Theatre group received the cash from The Co-operative Membership Community Fund, which is distributed to support local good causes.

The money will go towards new sound and lighting equipment used by the group, which supports people with learning disabilities.

Diane Lince, from the Backstreet Theatre Company, said: "Funding is becoming ever harder to secure, therefore we were delighted to hear that we were successful in securing this grant. The cash has made a huge difference to the group."

Margaret Silcock, chairman of The Co-operative's North Yorkshire Area Committee, said: "Supporting local communities has been an inherent part of The Co-operative's values and principles since the very beginning of the Co-operative movement.

"We are particularly proud of our Community Fund, as it demonstrates how members can make a real difference in their local area."

Among the group's recent productions was a show last August including hits by Cher, Lady Ga Ga, Elvis and Abba.

The show also included a rendition of Cliff Richard's Summer Holiday, complete with a replica 15ft double decker bus.

The club meets four times a week and has about 25 members.

It puts on shows in the community, local clubs and performs variety shows at senior citizen residential homes.

Community Fund application forms are available online at www.co-operative.

coop/communityfund or by phoning 0844 262 4001. Awards are allocated by local Co-operative members' committees, based on a set of values and principles such as social responsibility and caring for others.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2014
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