An amateur musical theatre group in South Gloucestershire is marking 50 years of entertaining with a special showcase.

Sodbury Vale Musical Comedy Club has been around since its first show in Spring 1968. Since then the stage has been graced on around 70 occasions by the group.

The Gazette spoke to some of the members of the company, as they celebrated their beloved group's birthday.

Alison Sleath, one of the longest serving members in the group, has links right back to the very first show that they ever performed.

"I've been with the group since I was 18," she said.

"My father played in the orchestra and my association goes back to the very 1st show, HMS Pinafore, through my fathers best friend."

"So I can say if the SVMCC family were not the very best I wouldn't have stayed so long."

Catherine Howlett, another member of the group revealed that the 'togetherness' of the group is key to its future.

"SVMCC sums up for me exactly what a community group should be; fun, friendly, supportive and busting with local talent," she said.

Vicky Murray has been a part of the group for 26 years after joining as a13-year-old and now serves as Chairwoman of Vale.

"I joined SVMCC way back in 199, this is my 5th year as Chair after many other roles in the club," she said.

"Not only does the club produce top quality shows, it’s a fantastic family where you are supported & loved on stage & off.

"Hopefully we can continue for many years to come."

Another member of the group that has direct links to the history of the group is Richard Foreman.

"My parents were part of the founders right at the beginning and carried on until they were no longer capable," he said.

"Now my kids are keen to be involved in the future."

The groups next production has been called 'The Last 50 Years' and will look to celebrate musical numbers from Vale's previous productions. It will be at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall on November 17/18.