YOUNG dancers are living a ‘nightmare’ after thieves stole dance equipment and put their charity event to help soldiers injured in conflict in doubt.
Members of the Linsey-Carr Dance School, based in Blyth, had been preparing for the show in June.
But now those plans are under threat after thieves stole more than 200 CDs, speakers, dance shoes and other music equipment from their base at the Scout Hut in South Beach, on February 15.
The dance school, which also practices at St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, is holding the show in aid of the charity Help for Heroes.
Lyn Gittens, owner of the school, said: “I cannot believe this has happened. It’s just a nightmare.
“We were supposed to be giving a charity show in June but it won’t go ahead unless we can get some equipment and some CDs.
“We had two folders full of the CDs and a very expensive speaker system.
“Hopefully we can get most of the music replaced.
“It’s just a case of how much it’s going to cost us.
“The worst thing about it is the CDs won’t be of any use to anyone.
“Some of it is salsa, ballet, or film music.
“The thieves will probably have shoved them in a bin.
“Some of the CDs we can’t find any more as they are old and some don’t exist any more.”
The school – which has dancers on the books aged from 18-months to 72 – has been running for more than 30 years and in that time has raised £25,000 for various charities.
Lyn added: “I think we’re in need of some charity now.
“If someone could come forward and help us then that would be great.
“If we cannot get anything sorted then the event in June will have to be cancelled. I’m hoping that won’t happen.”
Anyone who can help the dance school with donations of CDs or equipment should contact Lyn on (01670) 368353.