But here in Swindon the St Jospeh's Evening Centre launched a production of The Mikado. The St Jospeh's Evening Centre was, I'm told, a kind of youth club ideal for keeping young impressionable minds away from Rupert Murdoch, Concorde, and Woodstock. But it's significant for us as the production of The Mikado was a success, many productions followed, and the group morphed into the Swindon Gilbert and Sullivan Society that we know and love today.
I was recently given a programme for this momentous occassion, and if you look through the Chorus list you'll see the name D Hill - that's Derek who is producing our 2013 season of Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore!
If YOU have any memories / stories of the past years of this society, do get in touch through our contacts page - and if you're happy to share, we'll share them here.
UPDATE: I've been reliably informed that this production pre-dated our 1969 start and, in fact, dates back to 1964 (which means everyone in it is older than we first thought!). We're very interested to hear from you if you have old programmes or photos of the society from it's 'official' beginnings in 1969 or it's early days as the St Joseph's Evening Centre group. Get in touch via the contacts page.