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First Night Riders cruising for charity

Theatre staff set to come "out of the wings and into the wind," and embark on a motorcycle ride in support of The Theatrical Guild.

First Night Riders is an annual motorcycle charity event dedicated to raising funds for The Theatrical Guild (TTG), the only charity that looks after the interests of backstage and Front of House personnel. “2012 marks the third First Night Riders event and we’re hoping to make it the most successful and fun ride yet,” said organiser David Edelstein, managing director of stage engineering company Triple E. “It’s important that we value the help charities like The Theatrical Guild provide. TTG is the only charity in the UK available to anyone who works, or has worked in theatre – backstage or front of house. The TTG is there for anyone from this industry who is facing financial difficulty or who wants to re-train to develop their careers. The 2012 ride is a four day event and open to anyone with a suitable motorcycle, bike and side-car, or scooter. To register interest, visit The ride starts on Friday 22 June, meeting at 8am to depart around 9am. President of The Theatrical Guild, Phyllida Law said: “We love the First Night Riders and their passion for raising money for our charity. It’s vital that people from our profession make sure that those colleagues who may become vulnerable can be protected and supported”.