South Shields musical society is in good voice

Bob Stott receives the cheque from Peter Johnson, watched by members of the cast.
Bob Stott receives the cheque from Peter Johnson, watched by members of the cast.

A South Shields musical society is better off to the tune of £1,000.

That’s the amount presented to the South Shields Gilbert and Sullivan Society by Peter Johnson, of Peter Johnson Funerals.

He chose a night when the Society was presenting its latest production – The A-Z of Musicals – to hand over the money to chairman Bob Stott at The Customs House.

Peter said: “We have sponsored the society for a number of years and will continue to provide support to the local arts in whatever way we can, and it’s pleasing and encouraging to see we have a number of young performers in the production.”

The Society’s latest offering was a mix of Broadway, West End and movie musicals, including Lion King, Miss Saigon, Rent and Wicked.

Chairman Bob, who also acted as compere during the show’s run, presenting a selection of jokes, stories and monologues, is well-known to theatre audiences in the North East for playing Dame Dotty in various pantos.

The show was directed by the Society’s vice chairman Gwyneth Hunter.

Peter Johnson Funerals has been sponsoring the Society for a number of years and is a keen supporter of the arts.

The Society has been running for more than 60 years and continues to attract young performers to its ranks.

It performs its shows at the Customs House and Pier Pavilion.

Peter added: “The society had now been in existence for over 60 years and together with the society members and support of the public, I’m sure it will continue for many years.”