Billy Elliot the Musical celebrates its 11th birthday and 4,600 performances, at the Victoria Palace Theatre. On Wednesday, April 9, the final performance, all proceeds will go to East Durham Trust charity, based in Peterlee, which helps fight disadvantage in the local communities. It also covers the former mining town of Easington Colliery, which provided the setting for Billy Elliot’s story.
A Walk of Witness will leave St Cuthbert’s Church, on Good Friday at 11.15am.
A new internet cafe has opened in Peterlee Youth Centre, Hailsham Place, for people of all ages every Wednesday and Friday from 11am- 1pm. Keyboard Champions will be supporting the sessions with a free tutor available to help set up email, Skype, Facebook and Twitter. Tea, coffee and toasties are available to buy.
A public artwork will make its world premiere in Horden over Easter from Friday to Monday – connecting neighbours together by creating an interactive chain of light and sound that weaves through the streets. It aims to get more people involved in arts and creative activity. The neighbourhood of Roseby Road and Rosedale Terrace, will be transformed by VoiceOver, an art project developed by Umbrellium and Forma, with local people, as part of East Durham Creates. Residents across East Durham are invited to take part in this free community art work by ‘speaking out’ along the VoiceOver line from one of two talking stations that will land on their streets. Stations can be used as a personal soap-box to talk with someone you don’t know, sing a traditional song with neighbours, tell bedtime stories, or simply watch as voices are transformed, through digital technology into light and sound on its journey from one house to another. Nineteen residents have become VoiceOver Hosts, displaying a Light Antenna on their homes - that will light up as voices pass through and down the street.
The Key Steps Competition and Gymnastics Festival competition took place at East Durham College and everyone from Cotsford Junior School performed really well. A big, ‘Shout Out,’ goes to Shani, who was second overall in the individual display. She will now go on to represent the school and the district at the County Finals. Later the same day Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the team display.
International Women’s Day was celebrate at Peter Lee Memorial Methodist Church with free activities and food. Kimberly and Tamsin got everyone moving and ladies were pampered by beauty students. Thank you East Durham Trust for organising such a fantastic event.
Roseby Road Wellbeing Centre monthly quiz will be taking place Friday. The quiz will be in association with the Voiceover event from 6pm-8pm. Take a bottle. Entry is £1.
St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School girls played in the U13 premier league tournament on Tuesday, March 1. They were up against Biddick, Oxclose and St Wilfrid’s in their group stage. They won all their games securing their place in the semi-final against St Robert. They went on to win their semi-final 2-1 meaning the only thing in their way of playing a Goodison Park home to Everton Football Club was Sandhill School. A very tough game and the pressure started to show when the full time whistle was blown with the score at 3-3. Six minutes extra time was enough to take them into the lead with a final score of 5-3. The girls will now play in the finals at Everton.