Monday, 2 May 2011

Pace Egg - Vote of Thanks

The Midgley Pace Egg raised a total of £928.48 this year, an increase on the amount in previous years. The money will be split between three chosen charities; The Alzheimer's Society, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and The Great Generation, all three of which the cast have strong feelings about supporting.

The day was extremely successful, and it was estimated that every performance (excluding Banksfield Estate) attracted over 100 people. The added performance at The New Delight Inn, Blackshaw was also very enjoyable and well received and this will now become a permanent fixture in the running order. The interaction and atmosphere generated by the people who came along to watch was superb too, and this really does take the performances to the next level.

We found ourselves without costumes and certain props just a couple of months ago, but after a plea for help we were delighted with the number of people and organisations that came forward to support us. We would like to thank the following: British Recycled Products, Heart Gallery, Luddenden Mayor’s Fund, Pre-Treatment Technologies and the Parent Teachers Association, all of whom are based in the Calder Valley. Each donated £100 to the cause and without their financial input it would have been extremely difficult to find the money to fund the Pace Egg this year.

We were also fortunate enough to have the voluntary help of Vanessa Kay, Nerys Rolinson and Sally Kinton along with the Blackshaw Head Ladies Arts and Crafts Group. Their support has been magnificent and the costumes were made to an exceptional standard and will be worn by Midgley Pace Eggers for many years. The materials used for the new costumes and props were also sourced locally from Ribbon Circus and Mytholmroyd Builders Merchants. Thanks must also go to Mytholmroyd Scout Group who allowed us to use their facilities to rehearse in over the past few months and also let us use their minibus to transport us around the 10 performance points on the day; Geraint Harris volunteered to be our driver and we’re thankful for his help.

To conclude, once again the Midgley Pace Egg proved a very successful and enjoyable day for the crowds who came to watch and really indicates that events such as this are built on firm foundations laid by the good heart and spirit of the Calder Valley people. We look forward to next year, and the many years that lie ahead.

Billy Painter