Anyone who saw the recent production of ‘The Dolly Mixtures’ at the Customs House could not have failed to be impressed by the excellent musical which managed to be funny, touching and inspiring, all at once.

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The story of eight women who formed a concert party to fundraise for Cancer Research back in the seventies and raised a total that would be worth £1.4 million today was made even more special because it’s a true story of the generous people of South Tyneside.

Forty years on, it was no surprise to meet the Dollies themselves and find a feisty, funny and enthusiastic group of ladies who are still active and doing good today.

Cancer survival has doubled since the Dolly Mixtures did their amazing work in the seventies, but much remains to be done if we are to beat cancer for good.

It’s a tribute to the Dolly Mixtures and their story that after-show collections raised a magnificent £4,110 towards research into cancer in the North East.

Our thanks are due to the Customs House for such a wonderful performance and for enabling the collections, to our local South Shields CRUK Fundraising committee who attended every performance, and to the generous people of the area who came along for their amazing support.

Carolyn Reynolds,

Cancer Research UK

Local Fundraising Manager