A roaring success

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MEMBERS of a theatre group for people with learning disabilities have thanked supporters for helping boost coffers during a 60s-themed night.

A charity night held in aid of Hartlepool-based Roaring Mouse Independent Theatre Group raked in more than £500 for the organisation’s work.

A highlight of the sell-out evening, which was held at the group’s Cromwell Street base, was a performance from 1960s band The Valentines, who played free of charge.

The musicians played a string of popular hits from the decade which spawned artists including The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Kinks.

Roaring Mouse, which is part of the Kindling Film and Theatre Group, is home to a number of talented performing artists, all of who have some form of learning disability.

The group is planning its own large production later this year and funds raised from the 60s night will help fund the set, costumes and props.

Linda Malcolm, a Roaring Mouse director, thanked the Mail for supporting the event, as well as the band for playing.

She said: “It was a fantastic night and we raised over £500 for Roaring Mouse.

“We are a drama group, providing drama activities and social opportunities, alongside innovative social care for adults with learning disabilities and as you can imagine the money will be put to very good use at Roaring Mouse.”

The Roaring Mouse group was set up in 2002 and the team meet on a regular basis to write and rehearse future performances.