What an evening at Margate and those who came were probably not sure what was in store for them!

As part of the Tercentenary Celebrations in East Kent, a Spectacular Variety Show was held on Sunday 7th May. It took place at the Winter Gardens in Margate and was attended by nearly 500 Brethren, their families and friends. With the help of Miki Travis (otherwise known as Micky Smith) a cast of well-known celebrities was brought together from all over Britain for the one night spectacular - and what a night it proved to be, with streams of laughter filling the house. The profits for the evening are to be given to Macmillan Cancer Support in the area. The show was directed by Miki Travis along with the co-producers, Michael Harridine and Roger Odd.

Miki Travis

Miki Travis

Sarah Jayne

Sarah Jayne

Daniel Dean

Daniel Dean

The show started with the singers and dancers from the Reach Performing Arts Academy from Birchington. They were followed by Sarah Jayne who gave an enchanting portrayal as Dolly Parton. Daniel Dean astounded everyone with his magic and sensational illusions (how did he raise his assistant in mid-air?)  The first half was brought to a riotous end by the stunning ventriloquist Steve Hewlett. He introduced his friend “Arthur Lager” to Liz Dearing and then persuaded David Alexander to act as his puppet. (Oh yes he did!)

Steve Hewlett and 'Arthur Lager'

Steve Hewlett and ‘Arthur Lager’

David Alexander helps Steve Hewlett

David Alexander helps Steve Hewlett

Freddie "Parrot Face" Davies

Freddie “Parrot Face” Davies

The Reach Company started the second half of the show followed by none other than Mr “Parrot Face” Freddie Davies. Steve Rawlings then juggled his way around the stage with clubs of fire. He engaged Maggie Rodd as his reluctant assistant in helping put glasses on a tray (sounds so simple!). Andy Crust gave a magnificent Frankie Valli tribute which left the one and only Bobby Davro to complete the evening. Bobby brought the house down with his comedy impressions of many voices from the past, aided by Laurel Kershaw and her Supremes!

Steve Rawlings

Steve Rawlings

Andy Crust

Andy Crust

Bobby Davro with his backing singers

Bobby Davro with his backing singers

What an evening and as the happy audience shouted aloud “Live shows are not dead”!

Report and photos courtesy of Roger Odd.

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