Eyemouth youths hope to put bums on seats

Eyemouths Rory Fairburn, Kirsten Hood, Allison Flockheart, and Carley Robertson who have successfully applied for youth funding to buy the drama group 240 theatre seats.
Eyemouths Rory Fairburn, Kirsten Hood, Allison Flockheart, and Carley Robertson who have successfully applied for youth funding to buy the drama group 240 theatre seats.

They’re a group known for getting plenty of bums on seats – and Eyemouth Community Youth Theatre audiences will be sitting more comfortably from now on.

The talented troupe has just taken delivery of 240 new seats, which were tested out for the first time last night as the curtain went up on ‘Dick Whittington’ at the old Eyemouth High School.

Audiences have a group of four enterprising youngsters to thank for a more pleasant seating experience.

Before stepping into the shoes of Dick Whittington, Carrly Robertson was busy preparing an application to Youthchex, together with fellow committee youth representative Rory Fairbairn.

Rory had already been successful with a funding application to allow the school to go and see the stage production of ‘The Lion King’ so was hoping to make it two out of two.

YouthChex dictated that the youth theatre raise 10 per cent of the funding themselves so Carly Robertson and fellow ‘Dick Whittington’ cast members Kirsten Hood and Allison Flockhart set about generating the required amount while also searching for chairs that would fit the bill.

Their search took them to nearby Coldingham where they found chairs already in use at the village hall that were similar to the ones they were looking for.

Despite not having time on their side, Carly, Rory, Kirsten and Allison readied their proposal and hoped for the best.

The group’s adult mentor, Joan Blatchley, explained: “We were working on a very tight timescale as we had just started looking at applying for the funding in August and the form had to be in for September 4.

“But the young people worked as a team and we got it in complete with quotes, pictures and our thoughts on how the project helped us meet the four capacities of A Curriculum for Excellence.

“We sent it away hoping, but not really expecting, to get all the money we applied for.”

Thanks to the youngsters’ efforts, the chairs arrived in time for the pantomime and as well as being used by Eyemouth Variety Group for their future productions, they can also be used by other community groups.

“All four have been group members from a very young age and it is lovely to see them so proud of their group and community,” Joan added.