Club stalwart in it for the long haul

Andrea Crawford is pictured with the bust of James K Scobbie that takes pride of place in the main corridor at Dalziel High.
Andrea Crawford is pictured with the bust of James K Scobbie that takes pride of place in the main corridor at Dalziel High.

In 1974 Dalziel High rector James K Scobbie suggested The Easter Club be reformed to raise funds for the upkeep of Cleland Estate.

The club has since raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities, including the upkeep of Cleland Estate, which is now part of Dalziel Park.

For one cast member the 40th anniversary of the revival is very special.

Andrea Crawford joined the cast in November 1974 for one of only two musicals the club has ever performed, Fiddler on the Roof.

With the exception of Orpheus in the Underworld every other show has taken the form of a musical review.

For 40 years Andrea has been involved with every show either on stage or behind the scenes.

She has played a massive part in the club’s history and success, being choreographer for over 20 years and serving on the committee in a number of roles including president, and is the current vice-president.

Andrea said: “The hard work and commitment over 40 years has all been worthwhile given the fun I’ve had and lifelong friends I’ve made.”

This year’s show Our Sound of Musicals runs in Motherwell Theatre from April 1-5 at 7.30pm each night.

The show features songs from hit West End and Broadway musicals including Les Miserables, Grease, Hairspray, West Side Story, Wicked, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia and many more.

Tickets costing £10 on opening night and £12 the rest of the week, with children under 16 half price every night, are available from cast members, John Neilson 01698 322867 or by visiting Ticket Source

Once again the club is raising funds for the upkeep of Dalziel Park where they rehearse as well as a bucket collection each night in aid of St Bernadette’s Wednesday Club.

The group provides a youth club every Wednesday during term time for children with additional support needs as well as providing parents with some much needed respite.