|On with the show
Cllr Bretherton with some of the St Thomas' Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society players
It’s Golborne’s panto season (oh yes it is!) and the historic St Thomas’s Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society are really centre stage.
Front of house, their performances are splendid, but back in the wings, the company were short of resources to properly stage their shows.
The society had built an outhouse at St Thomas's school for its equipment, but funds ran out before it could be properly fitted out with the specialist kit needed for their many performances and community projects.
Enter Cllr Ged Bretherton, stage left. As the local ward councillor Ged has followed the society for several years, and on the cabinet of Wigan Council he has responsibilities for community engagement and youth participation.
“I was delighted to support St Thomas,” says Cllr Bretherton. “I have donated £1000 from my Brighter Borough Funding to enable them to continue to deliver highly polished performances for our community and the wider area.”
Society chairman Ken Thompson adds: “It is a massive boost to the society to be granted this money, it now means that work we have carried out can now be completed.”
Founded over 60 years ago, St Thomas's Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society has become a central part of the community in Golborne. As well as delivering a number of full shows each year, they work with charities and young people to encourage them to develop their confidence and be part of a team. Proceeds from shows often go to charitable causes.
St Thomas’s are currently in rehearsal for their annual pantomime and from the 15th-20th February will be performing the popular Sinbad the Sailor at St Thomas's in Golborne with a 35 strong cast.