The show must go on at Borders Youth Theatre

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Borders Youth Theatre is continuing, despite funding problems and lack of volunteers that threatened to bring the curtain down permanently.

At an emergency meeting held last week, a proposal to wind up the 25-year-old organisation, whose patron is Lady Judy Steel, was ditched and members of the group will reconstitute as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

These were the two options that had been placed before the board, with the proposal to wind up the theatre group gaining no votes, and the alternative to form a SCIO being carried unanimously.

The proviso for the latter option being feasible, was to have eight people willing to make up the board for the new SCIO by the end of April.

This was achieved by current members being willing to continue and gaining four more volunteers. An interim board of five members will see through the changes and their main priority now is to raise as much funding as possible and to raise the organisation’s profile within the community.

The interim board is now in the process of drafting a new constitution which will allow the organisation to comply with SCIO regulations.