Ripponden In Bloom: Tonight Take 2
By Julia Anderson
Introduced by Ripponden in Bloom organiser Jayne Smith and genially compered by Wayne Harris this fundraising variety show entertained a capacity crowd.
Talented young organist James Kenny from Rishworth School skilfully led the singalongs, opening the show with music hall numbers and concluding it, proms style, with Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.
There were vocal contributions from Rishworth School Junior Choir singing Grenade by Bruno Mars and Ripponden J&I School Choir with numbers from Les Miserables and The Lion King.
Ripponden Brownies’ campfire medleys obviously evoked memories for many members of the audience who hummed along happily, whilst the Whitehouse Twins and Slabba paid outrageously over the top homage to Amy Whitehouse and Abba.
We had sweet bellringing from the Ryburn Ringers, folk songs from Chris Coe and Johnny Adams, some sprightly Appalachian step dancing from Emma Smith and Ellie Lang, a slick tap routine from Hoofers Dance Studio, and Rishworth with Ripponden WI managed to condense their “Pandemonium of a Pantomime” Jackette and the Beanstalk into all of seven hilarious minutes.
Dancers of all ages from the Abigail Warburton Stage School impressed with their high energy routines and top of the bill Vegas Elvis was simply superb - in every department.