Cum On Feel The Noize: Scouts are bringing Glam Rock back to the Royal Town
A second visit to the rehearsals for the Sutton Coldfield Scouts Gang Show 2017 revealed how much the guys and girls have progressed. This was the final rehearsal at the Scout hut with the group moving on to Bishop Vesey Grammar School from next week, the eventual venue for the 50th Anniversary show.
The Glam Rock outfits are coming together as are the songs and, as happened last time, I’m predicting Slade and Sweet classics will be buzzing around my brain for a couple of days!
Rob Thomas, producer and director of the Gang Show said:
“We are not only celebrating the 50th Anniversary Gang Show but the Birmingham scene at its peak. Our cubs and scouts know why we are celebrating it. 50 years ago was the start of the Glam Rock era which obviously carried on into the 70`s. Birmingham was the hub for a lot of the bands such as Slade and Wizzard.”
Rob got the idea because his grandparents used to run a pub in Erdington called The Queens Head and his uncle and father ran a dance night called Peppers` Disco. Rb continued:
“These bands were appearing in the charts and Slade performed there when they were known as The N`Betweens. Noddy Holder and Roy Wood were at Peppers Disco with Wizzard. Robert Plant played there and Jeff Lynne from The Move and ELO. I just thought what a great way to link it all up with that little memory of how my family had helped influence the music scene in Birmingham and Erdington at that time for the 50th Anniversary Show. We want to celebrate that musical legacy in the Gang Show”.
Nigel Palmer, Chairman of the 2017 Royal Sutton Coldfield Gang Show said:
“In a world where so much has changed the Sutton Coldfield Gang Show is still going strong and is an important asset to Scouting in the town.
“This year’s Show will be better than before. I’ve seen the work the young people have put into this over the last 6 months. The talent and dedication they have is truly amazing. The opening number will have you on the edge of your seats. You’ll be splitting your sides at the comedy sketches. And you’ll be awestruck at the finale.”
Around 50 cubs, scouts, explorers and leaders from across the Royal Town will be coming together to perform the 50th Anniversary Gang Show at Bishop Vesey Grammar School between 21st – 25th February. The Gang Show is run entirely by volunteers and without the hard work of all these people it would never happen. Everyone is paid handsomely only in the satisfaction they receive when the audience cheer and clap and the Gang take a bow, each and every cub and scout beaming with pride.
Scouting began 110 years ago as an experiment on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. It was a great success and brought together public school boys and boys from the slums of London. They became friends and learned teamwork and life skills. Modern Scouting grew rapidly from that first camp and there are now approximately 28 million Scouts across the world today.
Sutton Coldfield has a long and proud Scouting history. Scouts from 85 countries came to Sutton Coldfield when the World Jamboree was held in Sutton Park in 1957. Ten years later the rehearsals for the first Sutton Coldfield Gang Show began at Bishop Walsh School. The Sutton Coldfield Gang Show brings together cubs, scouts, explorers and leaders from the whole of Sutton Coldfield. The 2017 Gang Show has a cast of 50 boys, girls and leaders.
The Gang Show runs from 21st – 25th February at Bishop Vesey Grammar School. Call 01922 745678 for tickets.