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Roll custom observed

May 3, 2014

FANS of Gilbert and Sullivan musicals will spend today celebrating their idols by sampling sausage rolls.

The custom of eating sausage rolls on May 3 - Gilbert and Sullivan Day - is being observed by fans around the world.

The custom stems from the plot of Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Grand Duke, in which plotters in a conspiracy to kill a duke recognise each other by eating sausage rolls.

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will perform at Darlington Civic Theatre in July.

Theatre staff gathered at the venue yesterday to promote the show and raise awareness of the quirky custom.

The sausage rolls were provided by Pittaway's butchers, whose shop is next to the theatre.

Cast members for the G&S show include Simon Butteriss, Richard Gaunlett, Bruce Graham and Sylvia Clarke.

The show, billed as family-friendly, will run from July 1 to 5.

Tickets are from [pounds]18, on 01325486555 and at darlingtoncivic. co. uk

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Source: Northern Echo (England)

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