Members of Eyemouth Variety took centre stage at the town’s golf club on Saturday night as they marked the group’s 25th birthday.
Past and present cast and supporters came together for an evening of tasty cuisine, reminiscing and plenty of dancing.
The group started life in 1988 following a discussion between George Kay, primary school teacher Audrey Branner and Pauline Grieve, the woman who has been at the helm ever since.
And the woman who is known for nurturing and getting the best out of her many casts, was put in the spotlight on Saturday when her fellow Variety Group members sprung an unexpected surprise on her.
“Everyone was asked to get on the dancefloor, which I presumed was for everyone to do the first dance but then a chair was plonked in the middle and I was told to sit on it,” Pauline commented
“I was petrified as being thespians I wasn’t quite sure what they’d do but the two of the first children we ever had in the group came in with a bouquet of flowers and a producer’s chair with my name on which is absolutely fabulous.”
It was getting to see faces from productions gone by and recall fond memories that made the Variety Group’s 25th birthday night such a success with current members as young as 14 mixing with people who’d trod the boards for the last time many years ago.
“After reading some poetry about the start of the group, George did a resume of everything we’ve done to date,” Pauline continued.
“This was full of ‘remember whens’ which struck a chord with a lot of people in the room.
“There were six people there who have been with the group right from the start and were presented with certificates to mark the milestone.
“One of the girls who made the presentation to me is a teacher now and has a family of her own. It was so nice to hear how the variety group was such a big part of her young life.
It was the group’s current group of youngsters who led the dancing on Saturday night and they will soon be on a bigger stage when they bring ‘Dick Whittington’ to the old Eyemouth High School in November.
“Things are well underway now,” Pauline added.
“Although it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year already!”!
And there’s no rest for Pauline after panto season comes to an end as ‘Hello Dolly’, the first musical the Variety Group staged, returns in the spring along with some of its original cast. For more info visit www.eyemouthvariety.co.uk.