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Grease is the word for newspaper reporter

The famous tale of Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski has inspired one newspaper reporter to write his own musical.

Graham Ford, from the Hawick News, has penned Diesel – a tale of two teenagers who reunite after a family moves from Borders town Galashiels to nearby Hawick.

He has also used the songs from the original Grease movie but re-written the lyrics to give the musical its local flavour.

The Hawick Pantomime Group is currently hard at work rehearsing the show in preparation for next month’s performance.

Graham, who is also producing the show, said: “It’s one of those things that had been in my head for quite a while after I was watching the Grease film.

“Two teenagers think they’re never going to see each again when one goes back to Galashiels.

“Then the Galashiels family move to Hawick in search of a better life and the girl meets the boy again.

“It uses local street names as characters and there’s a bit of interest for other towns too.”

This isn’t Graham’s first foray into the world of amateur dramatic as he previously re-wrote the story of Snow White for the stage as well.

He also spent summers working in America when he was younger where he participated in amateur dramatic projects.

The script for Diesel took Graham around ten months to write but he admits spending several months agonising over the story’s conclusion.

“It took about three months to finish the final scene,” the 37-year-old added “I was not happy with the ending but I eventually got what I wanted.

“I am quite pleased about the finish now though as it has a bit of a twist to it. “I’ve got plans for another two shows but these will be based on films.”