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The gang's all here once more; FORMER PERFORMERS AND BACKSTAGE CREW OVER 40 YEARS INVITED TO REUNION.

PEOPLE who were involved in Coventry's first scout gang show 40 years ago are expected at a reunion next week.

The inaugural show was held at the Coventry Technical College's theatre on The Butts, Earlsdon, Coventry, in 1960.

The event has been held annually ever since although with changes of venue. First the show moved to the former Coventry Theatre and now it is held at the city's Belgrade Theatre.

Every year there are about 100 performers on stage and 60 or 70 helpers behind the scenes which means that since the show began thousands of cubs, scouts and leaders have been involved.

Raffles at the show have raised thousands of pounds over the years for a range of charities including the Evening Telegraph/Mercia FM Snowball Appeal, Walsgrave Hospital, the West Midlands Air Ambulance, Children in Need and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Coventry Scout Assoc-iation spokesperson Neil Long is appealing for former performers and helpers to get their tickets for the reunion. He said: "It should be a good night.''

Organiser Janette Robi-nson said: "We have sold about 100 tickets but we still need to sell more. We have got at least two people coming along who were involved in the first gang show as cub scouts.''

The idea for gang shows came from the armed forces during the Second World War when servicemen would perform sketches and songs to entertain each other. After the war the idea was introduced to the scout movement.

The event is to be held on Saturday, February 19 at Christ the King Social Club, Westhill Road, Coundon, Coventry, starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost pounds 5 for adults and pounds 3.50 for children. All past members are welcome. Contact Janette Robinson on 01203 599046.
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Author:Wilson, Lucy
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 11, 2000
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