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Droversí Road Leads to Husthwaite Village Hall


Along the top of the Hambleton Hills for centuries cattle were driven to the markets of the south. There are hundreds of drove roads across Britain and ours is one of the most remarkable because it is traffic-free for 15 miles.
The drovers were rough, tough men who made their living in rough, tough country. They were romantic chaps, too, with an eye for the girls and a favourite in every inn along the road.
One of these inns was the Limekiln halfway between Osmotherley and the Hambleton Inn on Sutton Bank. This is the scene of Husthwaite's summer play, Drovers' Road. Lost overnight on the moor top, four modern teenagers dream. In their dreams they meet the drovers.
They come across King Edward II, too, scraping together his ragged army ready to face the marauding Scots and their leader Robert the Bruce. The ensuing battle took place right there on Husthwaite's northern horizon, close to the White Horse.
Directed by Robin Walton, the play stars village favourites David Pike, Anne Dowson, Catherine Skinner and Stephen Barker. Along with Drover himself, the Old English Sheepdog .
We introduce Zoe Lodge and Jane Cluley. There are parts, too, for Rebecca and Alex Colton, Rory Watt, Hannah Benn, Katie Pickstone and James Sibley.
Village school children will be with us - playing the driven cattle! It's the new generation of village dramatists.
Lighting and sound experts John Ovenston and Mike Wells will put the facilities of the new Village Hall through their paces. Lynn Colton is working on the costumes. Elaine Watt heads the make-up team.
The plays runs at 7.00pm Wednesday - Friday 23rd - 25th July. Tickets, £9 (£6 school pupils) from the Village Shop, Village Hall Committee members and Jane Cluley 07906 652669
The play starts in the street and everyone is invited to meet at the Green at 7.00pm and to come in costume, ancient or modern.
Richard Wood