Club preparing for 40th anniversary show time

CELEBRATORY Night: Family founders of The Getaway Club. Photos by: Alice Cousins
CELEBRATORY Night: Family founders of The Getaway Club. Photos by: Alice Cousins

A group helping people with learning or physical disabilities in Spilsby is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The Horncastle, Spilsby and Louth Getaway Club has been offering support and social activities to people since 1974.

The club provides members the opportunity to develop performance and musical skills.

They will be taking to the stage next month in a musical and dance production of the Time Travellers at King Edward VI Academy in Spilsby.

The show on Thursday, October 9, has been written for the club in partnership with Spilsby Rotary and students at the academy.

Members are currently rehearsing for the play which will include a walk-on part for Spilsby Mayor Peter Grant.

Coun Grant has seen the sterling work of the club first hand. He said: “What Getaway does is marvellous. The club is run entirely by volunteers and it seems to me that they deserve some publicity.

“The people who support the members do so without any recognition, they are unsung heroes.

“It is like one big happy family with everyone helping each other. Everyone greets you with a smile.”

Coun Grant recently attended the club’s presentation evening in Louth where he gave an award to local band Just 4 Kicks in recognition of the hundreds of pounds raised with Getaway for Red Nose Day, Comic Relief and Children in Need.

Set up by Bill Mitchell and his wife Irene, the club is based at Horncastle Community Centre. Tickets for the Time Travellers are available from King Edward VI Academy, Spilsby Rotary and the Getaway Club on 01507 526955.