A Grand night out!

IF you are looking for a good old fashioned night out and entertainment harking back to the good old days of variety then make a date at the Civic Theatre later this month.

For The Friends of The Grand Theatre Group, the organisation aimed at saving and restoring the town's redundant Grand Theatre to its former glory, will be staging another fun-packed show when Twice Nightly 3 takes centre stage on January 22.

As the title of the show suggests, the production is the third showcase of family entertainment from the group who have battled for more than a decade to re-open the Grand, which currently lies in a state of disrepair sandwiched between the Frenchgate Centre and the transport interchange.

Although the group managed to save the Grade II building from demolition, the doors to the theatre, built in 1899, remain closed - and it is now 17 years since the venue last operated as an entertainment venue, shutting its doors as a bingo hall in 1994.

Since then, the Friends group have battled to keep the Grand in the spotlight with regular events and shows to draw attention to its plight including an Edwardian fayre earlier this year where members

Margaret Herbert, Michael Yarnell, Ray Smithurst and Pam Claybourn are pictured.

The latest show will see the return of some old favourites to the Civic stage with a wide range of fun and frolics for all the family.

The show, which kicks off at 7.15pm, will feature the wonderful tenor voice of Uno Ancora (Leroy Vickers), as well as entertainment from the likes of Lori Le Verne, Barry Calvert, Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society, who will be delivering excerpts from their forthcoming show Hot Mikado which runs at the Civic from March 2-5.

Also on stage are the Nellie Stagles Dancers, Pam Claybourn, who delivers poetry in a tribute to the much-loved Pam Ayres, while compere for the evening is Phil Penfold. Tickets on 01302 342349.