Variety is the spice of life

Ready for a wonderful night out ' part of the large audience at the South Holland Centre. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG030315-145TW
Ready for a wonderful night out ' part of the large audience at the South Holland Centre. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG030315-145TW
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Some 300 invited senior citizens from across South Holland had a great night out at the Variety Comes to Spalding show.

The annual event, organised by The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland, provided a dazzling evening of entertainment at the South Holland Centre for the guests as well as showcasing some of the district’s performers.

Rotary's guests arrive in the foyer. SG030315-138TW

Rotary's guests arrive in the foyer. SG030315-138TW

Club member Peter Atkinson said: “It was produced and directed by Rotarian Richard Thacker.

“He staged a wonderful evening of entertainment and local artistes gave up their free time to amaze with their outstanding talent. The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland are grateful to all who participated in this show.”

Taking to the stage were Spalding Folk Club, Holbeach comedian Patrick Burke, Kayleigh Allen, SADOS, Birds of a Feather, Martin and Elizabeth, Polka Dot and Spellbound, featuring the magical comedy of Tracie Hughes and the outstanding vocals of Jennifer Bentley.

Richard Thacker also had a few stories of his own to entertain the audience.

Rotarians on raffle duty. Pictured are Ambrish Chandrana, David Spenceley, Elizabeth Britten, Peter Atkinson and club president Melvyn Price. SG030315-140TW

Rotarians on raffle duty. Pictured are Ambrish Chandrana, David Spenceley, Elizabeth Britten, Peter Atkinson and club president Melvyn Price. SG030315-140TW

Polka Dot Academy performers are busy rehearsing for a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, to be staged at the South Holland Centre from March 26-29, but the audience had a sneak preview when the young performers sang songs from the show.

SADOS added their own dash of variety on the night with an exciting collection of musical numbers and Birds of a Feather took the audience back on a journey through the music of the 1960s.

A performer from Polka Dot on stage. SG030315-148TW

A performer from Polka Dot on stage. SG030315-148TW

Polka Dot performers with numbers from their forthcoming Joseph production. SG030315-149TW

Polka Dot performers with numbers from their forthcoming Joseph production. SG030315-149TW

Rotary's compere Richard Thacker chats to the audience. SG030315-146TW

Rotary's compere Richard Thacker chats to the audience. SG030315-146TW

All smiles on a big night out at Spalding's South Holland Centre. SG030315-142TW

All smiles on a big night out at Spalding's South Holland Centre. SG030315-142TW