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Grange Amateur Operatic Society put on their production of Rose Marie

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The Mounties were coming to Grange in February 1989 as the own’s amateur operatic society took to the stage with its production of Rose Marie.

The stage of the Victoria Hall was transformed into the world of the Canadian Rockies where the Mounties always got their man, but not necessarily the girl!

Jayne Smith played the title role which Janette McDonald made her win in the film classic, while Robin Webster was Jim Kenyon.

The show was the story of tomboyish Rose Marie who blossoms into a beauty and wins the heart of her guardian Mountie. But Rose Marie falls for a trapper who in turn is loved by a Native American girl.

A killing adds to the excitement and Rose Marie’s happiness is threatened when the man she loves is forced to flee, hunted by the Mounties.

It was the stuff of romantic musicals and the music was a treat, including classics such as Rose Marie.

In 1992 highlights of that year’s Ulverston lantern procession would be seen by millions of people when three artists from Ulverston-based arts group Welfare State International appeared on BBC’s Blue Peter show.

Gill Gill and Gavin Lewery made lanterns and Nikki Gunson created costumes for that year’s 10th anniversary lantern procession.

Their work had been selected to be shown on the children’s television program from a special exhibition by the Craft Council, Crafts in Performancewhich was due to tour the country in 1993.

The trio were freelance artists who had worked for the Welfare State for several years.

Gill Gill, from Stoke-on-Trent, designed a fish-shaped lantern while a whippet-style lantern was made by Gavin Lewery, of Sandbach in Cheshire.

Nikki Gunson from Ulverston was studying art in Bradford.

She designed a pair of costumes for the procession and her costume symbolizing the spirit of light and freedom had been chosen for the program.

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