A CHRISTMAS Carol proved popular in summer as Keighley Playhouse scooped four awards at the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre Awards.

As this year's awards ceremony went online, members won awards for best actress, programme design, front of house and technical excellence.

Gilly Rogers, who has performed for many years with Keighley Playhouse and Bingley Little Theatre, was awarded Best Actress for her portrayal of a ghost in the play last December.

A Playhouse spokesman said: "The Peter Russell Trophy award went to Allan Hollings and Joseph Howarth for their special computerised effects and imagery in A Christmas Carol.

"Special mentions and congratulations to Barbara Boothroyd and Joseph Howarth on picking up the Best Programme Design Award.

"To be nominated for these most sought-after awards raises the bar even higher across the region."

Organisers of the festival said that instead of cancelling the awards due to Covid had 19 they wanted to unite and celebrate the achievements of societies and groups.

There were four live Zoom events July's awards over two evenings: youth and schools' musicals, pantomimes, and adults' dramas and musicals.

Festival spokesman Carolyn Craven said: "Chairman Kenneth Stott led proceedings and there was great expectancy and an air of excitement.

"Stunning visuals created by Allan Hollings revealed the nominees and everyone held their breath as the runner-ups and winners rose up out of golden envelopes.

"It was a night of great celebrations filled with plenty of smiles as the very best of local amateur theatre were brought together on television and computer screens all around the area in the safety of their own homes.

"Each ceremony saw an array of reactions, sheer delight, surprise, crazy dancing and virtual hugging."