Failure? It’s behind you, panto society told

Succesful Red Riding Hood production helps to keep the wolf from the door

Lyme Regis Pantomime Society has come out on top after one of its most difficult years in its long history.

Members heard, at their annual meeting, that the society had made small profits from its summer show and the panto, while Red Riding Hood had received a most encouraging review from The National Operatic and Dramatic Society (NODA).

Secretary Shirley Colley congratulated all concerned for their splendid efforts in a comprehensive account of activities during a year fraught with casting problems, illness and unavailability.

She was, she said, particularly grateful to the society’s many supporters, and she made special mention of the team of bingo workers who raised vital funds for the group.

Chairman David Cozens said the many setbacks had been overcome by dedication and unselfish team work, making the society all the stronger for it.

The theme was taken up by producer Kathy Smith who said that last October there had been a very real threat that the pantomime would not take place.

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But the show went on thanks to the loyalty of people like veteran president Bill Street, who came out of show retirement to tread the boards late in the year, Beverley Rattenbury, Gemma Hatton and Tanya Rattenbury.

Panto stalwart Val Hawkins praised the producer who had kept faith when things were going wrong and who had shown dogged determination to put on such a successful show.

The president said it had been a pleasure to step in at the last moment with such a great team but warned members that he would not be able to do so again.

He congratulated the young and infectious chorus, stressing he hoped the society would continue to promote young talent.

The officers and committee were re-elected en bloc.

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