Final Curtain For Scillonian Entertainers

It’s the end of the road for a part of Scilly’s history. After 58 years of putting on shows for visitors and locals, the curtain is coming down on the Scillonian Entertainers.

The group, which has regularly put on summertime shows in the Town Hall, has suffered from dwindling numbers. This year’s performance featured a cast of twelve, while back in the 1970s up to thirty members took part and there was greater involvement for youngsters.

Betty Silvester, a cast member since the start, says it’s a sad occasion and visitors are likely to be disappointed when they hear the news. Holidaymakers often arranged their trips to the islands around the performances.

And Betty admits she’s going to miss the regular Tuesday night rehearsals.

But she’s being philosophical about the decision, saying they can’t go on without new members. Youngsters have different interests, she says, and doesn’t begrudge that.

Betty says special shows, like their Silver and Golden Jubilee events were amongst their best but she’s pleased that they were able to ‘go out on a high’ with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee events this year.

The decision to close was taken at their annual meeting last week but the club hope to continue with their party for older residents and the next one will be on February 16th. Betty also hopes that they’ll be able to host their 60th anniversary event in 2015.

£2,400 has been raised from the ticket sales this season and the cash has been shared between twenty good causes, including the Royal British Legion and the St Mary’s Hospital League of Friends.


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