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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Llan dog to star in Manchester production of Tosca

* Ebby gets ready for her starring role in Tosca at Manchester Opera House.

A talented Llangollen resident is taking a starring role in a professional stage show in Manchester this evening (Thursday).

For one night night only Manchester's famous Opera House theatre is playing host to Opera International's award-winning Ellen Kent Production of Puccini's Tosca, featuring the Ukrainian National Municipal Opera Kyiv, with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.

Also on stage will be Ebby, an eight-year-old greyhound who lives with Llangollen town mayor Cllr Austin Cheminais and his wife Jane.

Explaining Ebby's rise to stardom, Chem said: "The opera features two royal greyhounds and wherever the company is stopping on its current tour it asks the local branch of the Greyhound Trust to suggest two dogs to take part.

"One of the greyhounds chosen by the Mersey & Cheshire branch is our dog Ebby, so she'll be on stage tonight.  

"She's an ex-racing greyhound from Ireland. She was adopted, through the Trust, by my wife Jane and I in October 2021.

"Ebby is very calm and well behaved, she’s very affectionate and loves people, so will perform well.

"We are very proud that she’s been chosen to take part in Tosca."

Looking after Ebby on the night is Chem and Jane's son Jim who is a volunteer at the Trust.

Chem added: "Adopting Ebby has changed our lives, She’s very laid back, a bit of a couch potato but loves her walks and is proving to be a loving and loyal companion and friend."

* The Greyhound Trust was founded in 1975, since then they are proud to have found over 100,000 loving homes for greyhounds. Each year, they home approximately 3,500 retired racing greyhounds and help hundreds more, but there are many more that still need their help.

If your interested in finding out more about adopting a greyhound or supporting the Greyhound Trust, go to:

For local information from the Merseyside and Cheshire Greyhound Trust, phone 07510172178, or email

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