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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Treasure Island at the Cumbrian seaside

The weekend set sail in style last night when more than 200 people converged on Silloth to watch a free, open-air performance of a children’s classic.

Treasure Island photo
In the audience, from left, Susan Kenny, Eva Callaghan with Shirley Sharpe and Elaine, Naia and Rhea Callaghan

Before the sun began to set over the breezy seaside town, families flocked to The Green with their picnic blankets, camping chairs, outdoor tables and even mobility scooters to prepare themselves for the evening’s entertainment – Treasure Island, performed by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company.

More than a dozen children sat cross-legged at the front, surrounded by the crowds, with many wrapped up warm in thick jumpers, coats, furry boots and even gloves to stave off the autumn-like August wind.

Some took along their well-behaved dogs while others took along their own alfresco evening meal, or nipped to a nearby chippie for a traditional Friday fish supper, eating it straight from the wrapper.

Three generations of the Kenny family secured spots close to the front.

Susan and Les Kenny, of Meadow View in Silloth, were joined by friend and neighbour Shirley Sharp, their daughter Elaine and grand-daughters Eva, Rhea and Naia who were told they had to visit this week so they could catch the show together.

Susan said: “It’s absolutely fabulous to have this here. We’re loving it. It’s great to see that there’s so many great things happening on The Green lately.”

Three-year-old Geordie Wheeler, of Aikshaw, dressed up as a pirate to go along and watch the show, performed by the theatre’s eight-strong team.

Tim Barker is a member of the Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) which invited the Gloucester-based professional theatre company to stage the show.

He said: “It’s a long time since there has been something like this here on The Green. There’s already an estimate that there’s around 200 people but it’s likely to grow.”

The show was one of two STAG-organised events taking place this weekend.

Tomorrow sees the second annual Silloth-on-Solway Beach Half Marathon and 10K race take place. Late entries will be accepted on the day between 9am and 10.30am.

For further details, visit www.sillothgreen.co.uk.

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