The Singing Kettle bow out with final performance

The Singing Kettle (clockwise)  Kevin, Artie, Cilla, Gary. Picture: TSPL

The Singing Kettle (clockwise) Kevin, Artie, Cilla, Gary. Picture: TSPL

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THE GAS has been put out, the china’s been washed and the world’s most famous kettle has poured out its last performance in its home kingdom of Fife.

Children’s entertainers, the Singing Kettle, bowed out with a final performance at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline.

Scottish children's entertainers Artie Trezise and Cilla Fisher, founders of The Singing Kettle show, beside the van in January 1989. Picture: TSPL

Scottish children's entertainers Artie Trezise and Cilla Fisher, founders of The Singing Kettle show, beside the van in January 1989. Picture: TSPL

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Founders, husband and wife team Artie Trezise, and Cilla Fisher retired from the group they established in 1982 two years ago but it has continued to run to the great delight of young fans with two other long-term cast members, Kevin Macleod and Gary Coupland, joined by new recruit Anya Scott-Rodgers.

Artie Trezise and Cilla Fisher of The Singing Kettle. Picture: Greg MacVean

Artie Trezise and Cilla Fisher of The Singing Kettle. Picture: Greg MacVean

Last year, the group announced the Christmas tour, which ends in Aberdeen next month, would be the last.

At the weekend, it was the final chance for Fife too hear the signature rhyme “Spout, handle, lid of metal, what’s inside the Singing Kettle?” one last time.

Artie had to step in at the last minute to put new recruits through their paces after engineer Kenny McEwan broke his wrist over the festive period.

The day was tinged with memories as he last graced the Alhambra stage two years ago on his last Fife performance with the Singing Kettle.

Final whistle for The Singing Kettle

He said: “When I walked in it brought it all back to me,

“But it is all about moving on and thinking of the future.”

While the current trio will be back with a new show Funbox, what will happen to all those dear Singing Kettles who have entertained thousands since their first performance in Dalkeith Library back in 1982?

Artie said: “A lot of people have been asking me that,

“A lot of people have been asking to buy them.

“We haven’t decided what we’re going to do with them - it’s a big step to get rid of them all and we definitely cannot do that anyway as it would be too expensive to have new ones built.

What’s inside the Singing Kettle?

“So I will definitely be putting a few in the back of the cupboard as with the Singing Kettle you never know.”

The Singing Kettle’s first ever venture was an album featuring everything from traditional Scottish rhymes to folk songs that Artie and Cilla had learned on a previous tour of the USA.

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