Curtain up for the town’s gang show

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CELEBRATING 50 years of the red scarf will be the order of the day when the Corby Gang Show returns to the stage this week.

The town’s take on the national institution kicks off at the Core theatre on Wednesday and will mark the 50th anniversary of receiving the Gang Show Red Scarf, which is awarded for the standard of performance.

At that time the Corby show had only been running for four years and was only the 18th in the world to receive the accolade.

Some of the participants showed off their talents with a mini-performance for shoppers in Corporation Street on Saturday.

The main show runs until next Saturday, with performances at 7.15pm each day and a 2.15pm Saturday matinee.

And a gala night is being held for cast members of 1962 and all other Corby scarf holders on Friday.

So far 98 people have signed up for the gala event and will be travelling from all over the UK, including Scotland, Manchester, Bournemouth and Gloucestershire.

Chairman Ian Girvan said: “We have virtually filled the dress circle for the gala night. It should be very good. If you enjoyed last year’s show you will enjoy this year’s.

“There are between 50 and 60 people taking part and the age range is from nine or 10 up to people in their 50s. It is a very family-orientated show.”

Director Mark Phipps said: “It is a traditional show but we are putting quite a few modern acts in, and we are testing the cast to their limits this year.”

Tickets, priced £8.50 for adults and £6.50 for concessions are available from the box office on 01536 470470.