We’d been with Derek Block for 15 years by this year, during which time we had enjoyed the transition into theatre and becoming regulars everywhere we played. We passed our 5,000th in this year too. The following year we began our charity collections for ‘Help For Heroes,” and were amazed at the generous response from our fans. Over the few years collected for them we included a dedicated piece in each Christmas show which was particularly well received! Our long-time truck driver ‘chocolate’ Brian retired and in came Steve Jackson who, incidentally, is married to Gary’s cousin.!Update in 2010 from Trevor Payne:
"In 2006 Rebel Dean had joined us and we played our usual summer season at Bournemouth welcoming (as we do every year) the Carrington Hollywood Dance Academy dancers. They contribute so much to make the summers at the Pavilion in Bournemouth such a pleasure, not only for the audiences but indeed for the whole company.
The Christmas show seems to come round quicker each year and as theatres move their pantomimes into the early December period we consequently have to start our show mid-November to accommodate all the dates.
It's a lot of work putting a Christmas show together whilst at the same time playing the normal show but I can honestly say we love it and the response speaks for itself.
In January 2008 Jodie Lawson joined the team and replaced Katy Setterﬁeld. Jodie was an experienced performer and had come to us after working solo in the UK and prior to that, the Disney Cruise lines. She had also previously run her own band, so was used to singing all styles and harmonising. Crucially the fans took to her straight away, and in the summer of that year we invited Nikki Renee Hechavarria to join us. Nikki had been appearing in the Lion King in the west end and brought another dimension to the show. We were now back to a three-girl line-up which we hadn’t had for years. It was great to be able to portray trios like the Ronnettes and the Crystals again. Audiences loved the new girls and they established themselves in the new 2008/9 production.
The next year we consolidated our line-up, and the year after that we were into the 25th anniversary year. 25 years, who’d have thought?!!