Touring show set for final curtain

A STORY TO TELL: Ruby Lanham on Red House Farm in Boxford.
A STORY TO TELL: Ruby Lanham on Red House Farm in Boxford.

THE curtain is set to fall on a show which has spanned six years and been watched by more than 20,000 people.

Ruby and Her Horses depicts true stories from the life of Ruby Lanham, who was born in Bures and grew up in Boxford during the early 1900s.

The show concentrates on what life was like during the First World War, the agricultural depression of the 1930s and the obstacles Ruby – who died aged 94 in 1998 – overcame to lead a rewarding life.

Neil Lanham, Ruby’s son, who composed songs and wrote the show after recording his mother’s tales in the 1990s, said the show had been a huge hit with audiences since it began touring East Anglia in 2005.

“It has sold out everywhere,” said the 73-year-old.

“It has messages about the past and how wisdom was passed on through story telling.”

The final show is due to take place at Gestingthorpe Village Hall on November 24 and Mr Lanham said that although the occasion was cause for celebration, it would be “tinged with sadness”.

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.