30 May 2024

Folk opera Riding the Stang raises funds for Hedon church

The final leg of the Folk in Hull on Tour event proved to be a huge success, organisers have said.

The folk opera/play Riding the Stang was written and performed by the May Geslins and the
Hull Community Theatre at St Augustine’s church in Hedon on Saturday afternoon and was attended by a very appreciative audience of about 100.

The play told a social history of Hedon and the surrounding area and was performed with equal quantities of humour and pathos – the hiring scene bringing a tear to most of those watching. The audience were treated to scenes from early Hedon (William Le Gros) right through to scuffles in the railway station in Victorian times.

About £340 was raised by the event, which went towards church funds.

Chris Jordan, from the May Geslins, said: “A big thank you to everyone who attended and to the Vicar of St Augustine’s, Rev Sue Pulko, for allowing us to use such a wonderful venue and for all the church helpers who supplied the lovely cakes, snacks and refreshments during the interval.”

Riding the Stang will be performed during the Hull Folk and Maritime Festival on Saturday, September 10.