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Airplay climbs to new heights with Jack and the Beanstalk

Youngsters tread the boards of RAF Lossiemouth's Airplay stage, welcoming friends and family to their production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Recently, 21 young people took to RAF Lossiemouth's Airplay stage to welcome a crowd of pleased parents and friends to their production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The hard work started more than six months ago, with youngsters keenly learning their lines and preparing themselves for the big stage. Airplay Lossiemouth has a great tradition of staging plays, and in this instance, the tale itself was chosen by those that attend the youth club.

Jack and the Beanstalk lifts spirits at Airplay

"We are very keen at Airplay Lossie for kids to have a voice," explains Sarah Riley-Evans, Community Development Officer at RAF Lossiemouth.

"It was about the kids identifying things that meant something to them, and Jack and the Beanstalk developed from the young people’s ideas and their enthusiasm."

With an age range from almost eight to 16, Airplay at RAF Lossiemouth has been a great success since launching five years ago. The programme runs for four nights a week and there is also an active holiday programme.

"Airplay Lossie has made a fundamental difference to children, parents and the whole station," Sarah added.

"It provides that source of stability for those young people that attend, and provides them with a great place to make new friends in a transient environment. They love it. For parents it is hugely reassuring to know that there is somewhere kids can go that understands them."

With the pantomime proving to be such a success, the youngsters are already excited  to explore ideas for their next stint on the stage.

"They worked really hard," Sarah enthuses. "The kids have put in countless hours. It’s exhausting and challenging – but it's very rewarding. It’s a really visible, tangible demonstration of the RAF Benevolent Fund's commitment to the serving community – and long may it continue."

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