A real live Gang show in Harpenden

January 3rd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
A real live Gang show in Harpenden

Harpenden & Wheathampstead Scout's rather amazingly are officially the longest continuous running gang show it the world. And this year the tradition continues with their 69th Spectacular Gang Show. Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PD from Tuesday 9th January 2018 - Saturday 13th January 2018.

If one of your New Year resolutions is to get the whole family involved in more than their digital devices the Scouts are a great place to look. The Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts are very lucky to have many active Scout Groups and Explorer Units. Many of the Groups also have more than one Cub Pack or Scout Troop. The numbers involved can put a strain on the organisation of this event with a huge pool of young talent eager to join the Cast of one of the UK's, if not the worlds, top Scout Gang Shows, even more reason to join in.  

Although there are other shows that claim to be the oldest, Glasgow started in 1936 for example, the Harpenden Gang Show can prove that has had a continuous run every year since 1949. Even a severed electricity cable in 1974 didn't stop the show. Some parents drove their cars onto the steps of the Public Hall and lit the stage with headlights!

The gang show in Harpenden continues to draw tremendous effort each year across the generation by so many people aged between 8 and 75+ to produce a brilliant show that the community can be  very proud of.


Photo: http://www.hwgangshow.org.uk