The Way We Were in the Isle by Colin Ella

Colin Ella. Picture: Liz Mockler E0856LM

Colin Ella. Picture: Liz Mockler E0856LM

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Years ago lots of our local communities were self-supporting in the provision of food, clothing, and most of the necessities of life - and they also made their own amusements and entertainments.

Many of Axholme’s villages had their amateur dramatic societies and productions were prolific, especially during the early decades of that century.

Plays were presented in the Market Hall at Crowle which also served as the town’s dance hall and cinema. In the 1920s and 30s Peggy Spivey’s Dance Group, the brass band and the Star Pierrots were all popular entertainers at Crowle.

Belton had a very strong dramatic society and a production of the novel set in Axholme ‘The Manuscript in a Red Box’ saw most villagers in the cast.