The rich history of Ebenezer Methodist Drama Group was put in the spotlight as members past and present celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Members spanning five decades gathered at the Hanging Heaton church last weekend to celebrate the milestone.
The group was founded in May 1963 when the minister Mr Barnes at Ebenezer Methodist Church asked Eric Giles to direct a full length play instead of the Men’s Society giving a concert.
The production, Time of Their Lives, turned out to be the debut show by the drama group.
Mr Giles’s daughter, Dorothy Cape, was involved in the first show and has been with the group ever since.
It proved to be a family affair for her, as Mrs Cape’s father, husband, daughter and grand-daughter have all taken part at one time or another.
Mrs Cape, the current chairwoman, has been involved in more than 120 shows across five decades, including A Christmas Carol, Oliver! and Wind in the Willows.
Originally the group was made up of church members, but it has opened up to anyone in the community.
Many past and current church members are from other churches and amateur dramatics societies.
The group’s most recent show was Norman Robbins’s thriller Prescription for Murder.
Mrs Cape said the group was proud of reaching the milestone and hoped to continue entertaining the community for years to come.