By Jason Benskin
In its ever-growing rise in popularity as one of the town’s best entertainment venues, the Beeston Royal British Legion on Hall Croft was delighted to play host to the prestigious Equity 50th Anniversary Variety Show.
A full house of 200 paying guests enjoyed a thoroughly dazzling evening and were entertained by a broad cross section of top quality acts, which ranged from magicians and musicians to an Engelbert Humperdinck tribute act and even a world champion whistler.
The East Midlands Variety Branch of Equity was formed 50 years ago. In conjunction with this, 2017 also marks the special moment in entertainment history when two trade unions, the Variety Artistes’ Federation (VAF) and the Actors’ Equity Association, came together to form one union to represent and protect entertainers, actors and other creative professionals – the union now known as EQUITY.
Clive Bumstead, the branch secretary for East Midlands Equity, pictured with Equity members Shelia Harrod and Mark Briggs, told Beeston Local News: “We thought it only fitting to mark the anniversary in style and holding a variety show seemed the obvious way to celebrate.
“We chose Beeston Legion as it has superb facilities, plus many of the acts involved love playing the venue and have a real affinity with the place”.
“Special mention must go to Glenn Manson at the Legion, plus Dave Clifford and Lady Anita from Beeston Cabaret Nights for their co-operation and hard work in helping us to get this show off the ground.”
Funds raised on the night which are estimated to be in the region of £500 will be donated to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.