A blockbuster show

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS'The Garstang Gymnasts perform their annual display
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS'The Garstang Gymnasts perform their annual display

IT doesn’t look like your usual night out at “the flicks”, but the bright lights, tumbles, turns and costumes ensured youngster’s from Garstang’s Gymnastics scored a box office hit.

The club’s annual display had it all, from action packed stunts, thrilling aerial moves, to tear jerking floor routines; the Hollywood themed show quite fitting for gymnastic stars of the future.

Those in the family audience were left gripped to their seats as some of the club’s fearless champions laid on a quality show with expertly choreographed pieces, incredible precision and extraordinary tumbling.

Around 85 gymnasts had their moment in the spotlight over a four-night run in which they performed to more than 400 supporters.

It was quite a feat for the talented youngsters, aged from three upwards. The high-energy, two-hour performance included both individual and squad routines.

The sets, co-ordinated by club coaches Mandy Thompson, Fiona Catterall and Sarah Gray, paid tribute to popular films, including “Footloose”, “The Bodyguard”, “Jailhouse Rock” and “Ghostbusters”, as well as Disney favourite “Toy Story” and classical musical “The Wizard of Oz.”

Speaking after the weekend’s display, coach Fiona Catterall said: “It’s just fantastic to be able to show the talent we have at the club.

“The kids loved it and it’s great they all have the chance to perform and show their friends and family what they enjoy doing. “The standard of the club keeps improving and that is due to all the people involved.”

She added that the club wished to thank to all the gymnasts, volunteers and parents.

Special guests attending included the Mayor of Garstang, Lady Dulcie Atkins, and her husband MEP Robert Atkins plus County Coun Val Wilson and Wyre councillor Lynne Bowen.

Lady Atkins said: “It is wonderful to see young people give such a fantastic performance. I think they are all marvellous.”

She also praised the efforts of the club’s leaders and volunteers in putting the show together.

The club, which welcomes members from across Wyre as well as Preston, Chorley and Leyland, has had another successful year

The event is held every year for the promising gymnasts to showcase their talents, attract new members and raise the profile of the rapidly expanding club.

The event helped raise over £3,000 which will go towards helping the club’s ambitious extension project.