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Friday, 03 July 2015

Dragon Tale wins award

PRUDHOE’S renowned Dragon Tale theatre group has been honoured in this year’s Pride of Northumberland Awards.

Organised by Northeast Press and the Berwick Advertiser, the awards celebrate unsung heroes and groups that go above and beyond the call of duty.

Dragon Tale was nominated in – and won – the community section, sponsored by Northumberland County Council.

Group coordinator Lorraine Lathan and several other members picked up their well-earned trophy at a ceremony at Alnwick Gardens.

Lorraine said: “It’s such a great feeling to know that somebody has actually taken the time to nominate us. It just goes to prove that all the hard work over the years was worthwhile.

“We’re really proud of the whole group and the work they do together; we’re one of the few groups in which there are whole families wanting to join in.”

Dragon Tale grew from what was intended as a one-off pantomime to celebrate the Millennium in Prudhoe.

Membership has grown dramatically, with the pantos becoming a must-see fixture in the town’s cultural calendar and the group taking part in an increasing number of community events.

Currently, members are working on ideas for a community arts centre, which would be open to other groups in the town.

One of Dragon Tale’s founder members, Ian Warburton, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to bits to win the award.

“We’d like to thank the person who nominated us and all the past and present members who have contributed so much.”

The Pride of Northumberland Awards 2012 featured 10 categories in total. The number of entries was up this year and, according to Northeast Press’s managing director, Stuart Birkett, who opened the ceremony, so was the standard.

“These awards are about celebrating the achievements of Northumberland’s true heroes – brilliant neighbours, unassuming fund-raisers, community groups and sporting stars,” he said.

“Many of the categories were extremely difficult to judge and it’s a shame everyone couldn’t win.”

This year’s Dragon Tale pantomime is Sinbad the Sailor, which will run from October 31 to November 3.


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