Making us proud

PUBLISHED: 10:24 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SIR, — For 60 years, Harpenden Public Hall has hosted the Harpenden and Wheathampstead Scout Gang Show that ran for six performances last week. I was privileged to attend the opening night and this diamond performance was superb — well-rehearsed, well-cho

SIR, - For 60 years, Harpenden Public Hall has hosted the Harpenden and Wheathampstead Scout Gang Show that ran for six performances last week.

I was privileged to attend the opening night and this diamond performance was superb - well-rehearsed, well-choreographed, well-lit and with excellent sound. With an enthusiastic cast of 130 young people - this year's cast included six members of the original 1949 show - and a backstage staff or nearly 100, this is the longest continually-running Scout Gang Show in Herts.

Your readers may not know that around 10 per cent of the population of the two villages are involved in the production through parenting and other support. There is no audition to join. All comers are welcome from the 1,000 Scouts in the area.

Because the show is 60 years old, people who met during early shows courted, married and had children. In turn these children became cast members and now grandchildren of original cast members are in the cast. There have only been four producers of the show and Ewan Murray is also the musical director.

This historic event should make Harpenden and Wheathampstead very proud that this Scout District, under the leadership of Richard Harrington, the District Commissioner, is setting an example to the rest of the UK, other young people in the area and leading the way that Herts Scouting has done so many times before.

FRANK BRITTAIN,

Archivist, Hertfordshire Scouts.

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