Theft leaves dancers reeling

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A PRIZED collection of Scottish dancing CDs have gone missing – but club members made sure the show went on.

Brighouse Scottish Country Dancing Club had moved from its regular headquarters at Waring Green Community Centre to St Joseph’s Hall, Brighouse, for a short time and was taking items back to the centre ready for its annual open night on July 5.

“One of our members was taking CDs and a music system back into the community centre. He had got everything out of the car and had gone to unlock the door leaving the CDs by the car. He opened the door and wedged it. When he returned to the car they had gone,” said press and publicity officer Pat Dewsbury. “This left us without any music because we were in the middle of copying it all on to computer and hadn’t quite finished.

“For our annual open night last Thursday we had to use gramophone records and an old-fashioned record player. We were determined to carry on dancing regardless.”

The two storage boxes were covered in a sort of hessian, and one was bigger than the other containing 40 CDs. The smaller one was about eight inches long and contains about 20 CDs. Both boxes were black. “I am sure that if it wasn’t what they were really wanting then they will just throw them away. But it would mean a lot to us to get them back because it is our total stock and they are things we don’t want to have to buy again. Some are irreplaceable.

“We would like to appeal to anyone who may find the boxes and CDs to contact us.”

Anyone who has any information about their whereabouts is asked to call Pat on 01484 685072.

n THIEVES have stolen lead flashing from the roof of Brighouse Library and Smith Art Gallery.

Police are appealing for information about the thefts which happened over the weekend of July 2 and 3.

They are checking CCTV and have said they will take positive action if the suspects can be identified.

A spokesman for Calderdale Council said the work is estimated to cost around £900 plus additional costs in labour.

“The roof is now watertight and design and maintenance are considering the options available to replacing the roof,” he said.

Anyone with any information should call police on 0845 6060606.