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Show Chairmans Message.

It is hard to believe that it is as long ago as 1950 that Middlesbrough Scouts produced "The Gang Steps Out" in St. John's Hall. It was there that I took my first hesitating steps, tasted greasepaint and faced a real live audience. Like many other boys and men I was carried away on the tide of buddling exuberance and enthusiasm. That is Gang Show- a feeling that will always be part of me.

The excellent quality of that 1950 show set the standard for the years to come and the performance you will be enjoying here tonight will be no exception and will be a unique experience for both audience and gang alike.

It all started way back in 1932 when "Mr Gang Show" himself, Ralph Reader, staged his first Scout Gang Show in London. Over the years from this talented man came a steady stream of catchy music and lyrics for our entertainment and enjoyment. Sadly, Ralph Reader is with us no more but his memory will live on through the many Scout Gang Show' that are playing up and down the country throughout the year.

Tonight, it is our turn to pay tribute to Ralph Reader - Audience - sit back - relax - join in with the gang and share that marvellous feeling that is Gang Show. To the gang, I say congratulations on a show, well rehearsed and well done- and to the myriad of helpers (without whom none of it would have been possible) - from a scout - "Grateful Thanks".

P. Waite
Acting Chairman
Gang Show Executive Committee