Theatre sets the stage for charity triumph

CHEERS The First Night Riders pictured with children from St Swithun's Catholic School and Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School who were at the Kings Theatre to give them a warm welcome into Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (122162-8169)
CHEERS The First Night Riders pictured with children from St Swithun's Catholic School and Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School who were at the Kings Theatre to give them a warm welcome into Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (122162-8169)

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RIDING in to the strains of Born to be Wild, a group of charity motorcyclists chose the Kings Theatre in Southsea to be the last stop on their fundraising ride.

The First Night Riders travelled from the Royal Albert Hall to the Old Vic in Bristol, then onto Wiltshire, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, before ending up in Southsea and finally finishing their four-day journey in Weybridge.

They were raising money for The Theatrical Guild, which lloks looks after backstage and front of house theatre staff.

One of the ride organisers, David Edelstein, said: ‘It was a wonderful reception at the Kings, absolutely first class.

‘This is the third year we have done the ride and it’s been a huge success. I think we’re going to raise more than £10,000 for the charity.

‘The ride enables us to travel around and see historic theatres, as well as telling theatre technicians about the charity.

‘It was set up by a group of actresses in 1891, but it has fallen a little bit by the wayside over the years, so the ride also helps us tell other technicians about it.’