One of the best productions of recent years presented by Grange and District Operatic Society, White Horse Inn, opened in the Victoria Hall, at Grange in 1984.

From the opening scene, when the audience was able to see the dramatic and superb scenery for the first time, the production was full of life and laughter with an enthusiastic and brilliantly costumed chorus entertaining with robust singing and lively movement.

Derek Roberts, as Leopold, the head waiter at the White Horse Inn, was outstanding both as an actor and in his singing sequences, and Margaret Stockley, who played the inn’s proprietress, gave a very finished performance.

Jean Malkin was the entranced and beguiling Ottoline and she teamed up well with Michael Higginson in the role of Valentine Sutton, a solicitor from England.

Humour was provided by the versatile Colin Burrow, who was excellent in his role as Sigismund Smith. He was well supported by Joan Ashworth, who sparkled in her role as Gretel. Eddie Poole was also in top form as the rough and ready John Ebenezer Grinkle, the father of Ottoline.

Jean Robinson, as Kathi, the postwoman, played her part well, and Tony Shaw, one of the younger members of the cast, impressed as Karl, the waiter at the inn. Peter Utley made a distinguished Emperor and David Strawbridge produced a perfect cameo of the harassed Professor Hinzel, father of Gretel.

Supporting roles were played by Strugess Mills (a forester), Gemma Gibbon (Zeni, a goatherd with her goat), Sally Haines (a courier), Maureen Higginson (a waitress), Herbert Braithwaite (steamer captain), Donald Halliwell (bridegroom), Janette Bell (bride), Fred Wood (the mayor), Rita Laisby (Mayor’s secretary), Richard Tyler (Emperor’s servant); George Airey (Landlord of the Travellers’ Rest).

Sandow Clowns touring show stopped off at the Coronation Hall in 1995, bringing all the fun of the big top to Ulverston.

The clowns entertained with slapstick humour and demonstrated their skills in juggling and stilt-walking before introducing youngsters to their comedy fire engine.