The Young Performers were recently given special permission to perform Rick Wakeman’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

The Young Performers and The Leonettes’ director Leon Wade has always been a huge fan of Rick Wakeman and met him earlier this year. The meeting led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the theatre group, based at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton, to perform the piece.

This led to Rick who is currently King Rat ofthe Grand order of Water Rats paying a surprise visit to see the performance of Friday night. Rick wasn’t alone as he brought along Bernie Clifon and Ian Lavender of ‘Dad’s Army’ fame.