Thank you to Dick Martin who
Saturday Morning Club
"I remember the
'Saturday Morning Club'
at the New Vic. It was a special
children’s programme, run every Saturday morning
from 10am until 12 noon. It cost 6 pence.
The queue started about 9am.
It was always about 4
or 5 kids deep and stretched along the whole length
of St Patrick’s Square."
"If it had been your
birthday in the last seven days you and a couple of your friends had a
special invitation to be seated free in a private box at the rear of the
"Once the doors
opened at about 9.30, we were allowed, in groups
of around 20 at a time. To fill in the
remaining half hour or so the
theatre organ would rise from below the front of the stage and a
community sing song would start.
The words to all the songs would appear on the
screen. The words to the opening song
Here we are again, happy as can be,
friends and jolly good companee'."
"The format of the
programme never changed:
The Sing Song,
A couple of cartoons
(Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck type) all in colour and that was something in
A feature film (Laurel & Hardy or Abbot &
- Then the
main attraction. the next episode of the
thriller serial where the hero was always at death's
door at the end, only to reappear next week having managed to free
himself/herself from whatever danger they had been in."
Richard Martin, Borders, Scotland: August