THE show was billed as an ‘Old Time Music Hall, but despite the valiant attempts of a few to stay true to the theme, ‘variety’ would have been a truer description. Nevertheless, the evening staged at the Benitachell Arts Centre last Friday, was a great success with the audience and even greater for the local Red Cross who benefited by €1,452 on the night. Chaired in character by the eloquent and splendiferous Ian Henry, dressed in his sartorial best, the show continued along the same Victorian path with the excellent comical endeavours of Careline artists, Candida Wright, Kay Stubley and Andy Crabb, including an old time sing-a-long. The variety factor was well represented by easy-listening girl duo ‘Encore’ the Cameo Cabaret and Gill Henry who displayed her fine operatic singing talents with the British Airways theme tune, ‘Sous le Dome Epais’ or better known as ‘The Flower Duet.’ The event included true-Brit, sausage, pie, mash and peas and sherry trifle. Organiser’s Bill Bertham and his wife Marion said they were over-the-moon with the results and thanked everyone involved, especially the artists and Benitachell Arts Centre owners, Mike and Ann, for donating the facilities at no cost. The Masonic charity hopes to raise €250,000 over a four year period and have so far raised €68,000. Bill announced that the Red Cross has already received €50,000 for the first ambulance.
Article by Benny Davis