Circus Carnival theme for traders’ ball

Performance from a member of Aerial Lounge, Clitheroe
Performance from a member of Aerial Lounge, Clitheroe

Young performers will bring a carnival flavour to Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce annnual ball next month.

Clitheroe-based professional theatre company Ribcaged Productions promise to transform the event into a memorable evening with their “Circus Carnivale” presentation complete with ringmaster as master of ceremonies.

Ribcaged Productions

Ribcaged Productions

There will also be a jazz band and demonstration of aerial acrobatics to complete a programme of fun and entertaining acts at The Grand venue, Clitheroe, on Saturday, March 7th, at 7pm.

With 120 tickets available, the annual ball is one of the major fund-raising events for charity that the Chamber organises throughout the year.

Tickets priced £38 include a three-course meal followed by tea and coffee and a full programme of entertainment.

Ball organiser Katie Winstanley of Megabites, Moor Lane, said: “This year the Chamber is supporting two charities at the ball, where we will be raising funds for the Local Heroes Foundation and The Soloman Project.”

Western Valley Jazz Band

Western Valley Jazz Band

Local Heroes was launched in 2011 for people who have served in the armed forces and are now suffering from either physical disabilities due to injury, mental disabilities or both.

The Soloman Project helps some of Kenya’s poorest children. By using local produce and community volunteers they are able to feed a child in school for a year for just £17.

To start the evening, Leana Darbyshire from the Aerial Lounge, Shawbridge, will be giving a demonstration of aerial acrobatics with a combination of hoops, silks and pole, as well as junior members performing routines.

The award-winning Ribcaged productions are well known for their unique and captivating performances, and have taken up this years’s theme of Carnival/Circus.

Owen Phillips, Ribcaged director, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and the great work they do, supporting local business which is at the heart of our community.

“The circus themed evening is sure to be a great night out and we are thrilled to be helping with the entertainment.”

After the meal, music will be provided by Western Valley Hot Club with local vocalist Gaynor Sutcliffe, John Vagianos who sings and plays guitar, Ray Walmsley playing the double bass and Tony Dolman on drums and vocals. The band are noted for their harmonies and instrument changes along with musical virtuosity and entertaining personalities.

Local businesses have contributed to the raffle, and any more prizes will be gratefully received.

Tickets are limited and selling quickly, available from Katie Winstanley at Megabites, 3 Moor Lane or by emailing secretary@clitheroechamber.co.uk