Red Lichtie anniversary celebrated on stage

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AUDIENCES were whisked back to the 1940s for a show celebrating Arbroath’s commitment to the Second World War.

The Red Lichtie Spitfire Show at the Webster Memorial Theatre at the weekend marked the 70th anniversary of the fund-raising campaign to buy a Supermarine Spitfire for the war effort.

The show was skilfully and sympathetically crafted by producers Edwina Barraclough and James Hutcheson.

The music was in the expert hands of musical director Richard Waghorn and his band.

The music, the dance and the topical humour were all professionally executed by the performers and included spots by Colette Dear, John Hayes, James Hutcheson, Danny Laverty, Eileen Masson, Mark Masson, Garry Mitchell, Shaun McQuade, Jimmy Robertson, Audrey Shepherd, Violet Thomson, David Walker, Sara Whitton and Josh Wright.

The Angus Minstrels performed in two spots, one a ‘Street Scene’ and the other one the ‘Stage Door Canteen’.

Both spots were particularly well staged and featured authentic costumes, uniforms and hairstyles of the period.

The Linda Napier Dancers entertained with their precision footwork and teamwork to provide several lively items.

The In Harmony Ladies’ Choir produced a programme of choral singing which ranged from contemporary show ballads to more up tempo swing numbers.

The Appolinari Dance Studio dancers and Angus Minstrel dancers excelled in their modern ballet and boogie woogie spots.

The show’s first half finale had more than 80 performers on the stage singing a 1940s song about the Red Lichtie Spitfire.

The finale itself had all of the cast dressed in black wearing poppies and featured some spectacular back projection of poppy fields.

The cast sang ‘We Will Remember Them’ as a tribute to and to honour all of our fallen military personnel both past and present and there was a lovely solo piece by piper Craig Weir.

When trumpeter Colin Sangster sounded the ‘Last Post’, a pin drop could be heard as hundreds of poppies cascaded down on to the stage. This proved a fitting and thoughtful conclusion to an excellent show.

EB