CARLUKE MAKES ITS LEISURE PLEASURE
[Reprinted from the Caluke High School Magazine 1956] Before the days of radio, the gramophone, and the ﬁlms, people had to depend on themselves and their friends for their entertainment. There were few homes that had not a piano or a musical instrument of some description and few people indeed who could not, if the need arose, entertain their friends in one way or another. Many were the small homely parties where each individual was expected to provide at least one item to the winter evenings entertainment. Every Church had its choir; almost every community its Choral Union, and Carluke in no way lagged in the provision of ample scope in these channels for its own local talent. And even in these days when anyone, by the turn of a knob or the press of a switch, can obtain in their own homes varied ﬁrst-class entertainment suited to nearly every taste, symphony concerts to jazz sessions, there still remain many ways in which the people of Carluke, by their own efforts, give pleasure not only to themselves, but also to their friends.
Principal among them is the Carluke Amateur Operatic Society, which was formed in 1922 by a group of musical enthusiasts. Beginning with Gilbert and Sullivans H.M.S. Pinafore, the Society produced six of these delightful comic operas. In 1928, The Society became more ambitious and produced that delightlul musical comedy, A Country Girl. and so untill 1938, they produced eleven musical comedies including No, No, Nanette, which Hollywood has now made into a ﬁlm under the title Tea for Two. During the war nothing was produced but in 1947 came a revival of A Country Girl. Since then the Society has delighted Carluke audiences with a yearly production which compares very favourably with past productions. The third week in November is now recognised as Opera Week and is looked forward to eagerly by the people of Carluke and district.
Another feature in the ﬁeld of local entertainment is the local Y.M.C.A.’s Annual Christmas Pantomime which, for a number of years, has provided some of the more youthful members of the town with the opportunity to display their talent.
One feature that is strictly conﬁned to the male section of the town is the Male Voice Choir. It was formed about 1944 and, from small beginnings, has gradually increased in number until it has now over thirty voices. The choir usually gives its services free and is much in demand for hospital and church concerts.
During the war the Carluke and District Choir produced Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and the concert version of Edward German's Merrie England. Last year, at a Christmas Eve _service in the Town Hall, many of the members of the choir combined to render some of the more popular choral items from the Messiah. Amateur Dramatics are popular all over the country and Carluke is not without exponents of this form of entertainment. Prominent among those who, for some time now have entertained the public with one act and three act plays, are St. Johns Church Dramatic Club and the Young Farmers Dramatic Club.
The forerunner of these was the Carluke Amateur Dramatic Club which functioned before the war and, although unfortunately now disbanded, produced such plays as A Storm in a Teacup and Yellow Sands.
Scottish Country Dancing is another form of recreative pleasure which has grown immensely in post-war years and a number of enthusiastic classes have been formed. It will therefore be seen that local entertainment has a fairly wide range and gives ample opportunity for those so inclined to use the talent with which they have been gifted.
M.L., Class 3B.