CLYDEBANK Musical Society chose to perform “Oliver!” for their annual show this year - but this time with a twist.

Kids were allowed to take part in the adult show for the first time ever - and around 28 of them gleefully took to the stage.

Although the group has a juniors section, it is for those in P7 and above, but for this performance, even younger ones were allowed to join.

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Chairperson Christine Long, who has been involved with the society for 34 years, told the Post: “That was the second time the adults performed Oliver! The first time was in 1990. And this year the adults did it again, but we wanted to get kids involved so picked a show that had kids in it. It was a great opportunity for the younger ones.”

Some of the Clydebank Musical Society Juniors got to perform as well as kids outwith.

Christine said: “We had about 28 kids in total and they got to see what being in the juniors is like. We also had around seven families, as some of the adults had their kids, nieces or nephews playing parts.

“Euan Reid who played Oliver was brilliant, no one had known him. He just came and auditioned, and he was excellent.”

Euan, who just turned 12 is now hoping to join the juniors.

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Sadly, with fees to use Clydebank Town Hall having been put up, the number of shows has had to be cut back.

Christine added: “For the last show it cost £9,300 to hire the space over eight days and that doesn’t include sound or lighting. It costs an absolute fortune. We need to pay professional staff as well, so we’re having to fundraise constantly and apply for grants to get money.

“But Oliver! sold well, and everyone said they really enjoyed it.”

Pictures by Gordon McKerracher