East Kent Mencap delights audience with Christmas variety show

Christmas fun with East Kent Mencap Photo Brian Whitehead

A Thanet learning disability charity took centre stage for its annual Christmas variety show.

The all singing, all dancing extravaganza was put together by the group during their weekly drama sessions at East Kent Mencap’s Margate resource centre. The drama group, who all have a learning disability, have been preparing for the show all year.

Photo Brian Whitehead

The performance took place at St Peters Church Hall and was enjoyed by many, including the Mayor of Broadstairs, Cllr Peter Shaw and the Mayor of Ramsgate, Cllr Trevor Shonk. Cllr  Shaw also announced the winners of the raffle during the interval, with the top prize going to performer Max Farmer.

Photo Brian Whitehead

The mixture of comedic sketches and musical medleys had the audience laughing, clapping and singing along for the afternoon. The group finished the show with Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ which got the audience up on their feet and dancing.

Photo Brian Whitehead

Volunteer photographer, Brian Whitehead, said: “Have you ever been to something and come away thinking the world’s a better place? That’s just how I felt having the privilege of attending this event to take some snaps.

Photo Brian Whitehead

“The infectious enthusiasm and pleasure of the performers taking part was an absolute joy.”

Photo Brian Whitehead

The event raised £408.50 through ticket sales, refreshments and a raffle. The upcycling group also exhibited their work on the day for donations which contributed toward the total.

Photo Brian Whitehead

The funds will be allocated to the resource services at East Kent Mencap.

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