35 years and counting
The Basingstoke Gang Show started in 1980 and now takes place every two years at the Haymarket Theatre with a cast of around 70 Scouts and Guides. Over the years the standard of the show has risen to the position of being acknowledged as one of the best shows in the country.
In 1984 we were awarded the coveted Red Scarf and Gang Show emblem which is only awarded to shows that perform to a consistently high standard.
A landmark in 1995 was the invitation to stage a show and closing ceremony of the International Jamborette in Haarlem, Holland - an honour for the show and UK Scouting. This was a mammoth exercise in logistics alone - the outdoor stage and arena to seat 3,000.
Our 1996 Show was awarded the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (Southern Region) Supreme Accolade for Excellence in Youth Theatre - Yet another milestone!
We then performed in a Gala show at the Royal Albert Hall "Into the Spotlight" in 1999.
2007 marked our biggest performance to date, we were lucky to get the chance to perform at The o2 as part of 'Live 07' to celebrate 100 years of the Scout Association.