ON 18 December Moneymore YFC completed 50 years of continuous activity, charity work and entertainment programmes.
To celebrate the completion of the first 50 years of Moneymore Young Farmers’ Club, a cast of current and former members held a special night of joint music and drama.
The well received and successful concert was titled Don’t Stop The Beat. The event was expertly produced by Mary-Lou Richmond with musical direction from Jennie Duncan.
Compere for the event was former YFCU president and after dinner speaker Mr Wallace Gregg from Glarryford, Co Antrim.
The anniversary event opened with a united choir of past and present members who sang the Hairspray number You Can`t Stop The Beat and Sing which was written by Gary Barlow with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
A humorous re-enactment of the YFCU, year 2001, arts festival entry – A Date With a Difference, completed the first half of the concert.
After the interval, the audience enjoyed a programme of popular cameos from a number of past arts festival productions.
This included solos by - Chelsey Chambers, Jennie Duncan, Kyle Campton and Gareth Bryson; Agricultural Irish Girl, duet by Linda Watson and David Mills; a Lean On Me duet by Catherine Hunter and Sarah McDowell; and Home as a duet by Gareth Bryson and Richard Duncan. Along with Elvis performed by Kyle Campton, One Direction alias Richard Love, James Glover, Richard Duncan, Greer Hunter and Jack Hunter also made a stage appearance before the entire cameo cast sang Ireland’s Call.
Current treasurer, Sarah Lamont and club leader, Ryan Love, used an interval to make a £650 presentation towards the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care. The evening was rounded off by 29 present members in a lively performance of the 2011 arts festival production – Wanted.
At the conclusion of the programme, current members Stuart Mills and Ryan Love acknowledged the various rehearsal venues and the key musical contributions by the main pianist, Mark Dickson and the Wray family band.
Cast thanks was also extended to William Lennox and Gareth Bryson for their behind stage assistance and to the set construction team of - Andrew Bates, Richard Duncan, Adam McMenemy and William Lennox who assisted Stuart and Ryan to have the stage sets and props ready for the show.
Flower bouquets were presented to the four programme producers and choreographers, Jennie Duncan, Elaine Duncan Barbara Harpur and Pamela Moore. Finally a special thanks and applause was extended to the event director, Mary-Lou Richmond.