insideKENT Magazine insideKENT October 2018 Issue 79 - Page 29

WooDViLLe 50 TH BiRTHDAy PARTy Nearly 2 years ago we started planning the celebrations for the Woodville’s 50 th Birthday. It was, after all, a significant milestone for the venue which holds such an iconic place in the heart of Gravesend. We have spoken to so many people who have had some of their most memorable evenings here; There was no shortage of those whose first theatre experience was panto and many who had actually been in the panto – one Gemma Arterton for a start! There were first dates and first dances. There were the loyal followers of the Lord Lees club who saw some of the most famous bands ever play here in the 70’s, bands such as Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, Genesis and 10cc to name but a few. renewal ceremony in June when regular visitors Ron and Denise Venison celebrated their 40 years of marriage at the Woodville having been nominated for the event by their daughter Paula. We all seemed to have something in our eyes that day – hay fever – of course. Throughout this year we have been delighted to offer our customers opportunities to celebrate with us; All those who share our birthday year can claim a cinema gift card allowing them free access to the Paul Greengrass cinema for a whole year*. We have teamed up with the Baby Box University and we are a distribution point for any graduate to come and pick up their box, all those who do so are entered into a competition for 50 babies to win free tickets to cinema and theatre performances until they are 18! We have given away hundreds of Golden Tickets for selected shows where the lucky winner can exchange their ticket for a free drink, show merchandise or even one of our famous Woodville sausage rolls – as endorsed by Shane Lynch no less! We were delighted to have the most moving vows We are now polishing off our sequins for our 50 th Birthday party on the 15th November. The evening promises to be truly spectacular. The Joe Ringer Band will be playing music from the 60’s all the way through to the present. Britain’s Got Talent dance duo, Twist and Pulse will be bringing their unique routines and comedy to the dance floor, Panto favourite, Ant Payne, will be MC for the night and topping the bill we have top comedian, Josh Widdicombe. There is also rumour of a cake! But as we approach the end of the year we are looking forward to a bumper panto season with Peter Pan starring Union J heart throb JJ Hamblett in the title role. The one thing has shone through in all of our conversations and events this year is that The Woodville belongs to Gravesend and the residents hold it dear to them for memories of the past and memories yet to come. Thursday 15 th November 2018, 7pm Tickets £30 each Box Office Tel: 08442 439 480