Panto season comes to Chickenley

Release Date: 08-Dec-2010
Children from the Chickenley area of Dewsbury enjoyed an afternoon at the pantomime last weekend – without having to leave their estate.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Eric Firth, with members of the Chaplins' cast and the local community

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Eric Firth, with members of the Chaplins' cast and the local community

Around 100 children and their families watched the two-hour performance of A Christmas Carol in a traditional production by children’s theatre specialists, Chaplin’s Pantos. The company performs all over the country and entertains more than a million children each year.

The production at the local community centre was sponsored by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing and Kirklees Council’s ‘Narrowing the Gap’ scheme, which aims to reduce inequalities between different areas of Kirklees. The community centre provided refreshments during the interval.

Deputy Mayor and Chickenley ward councillor, Eric Firth, who officially opened the event, also enjoyed the production. “It’s great to see the community coming together to enjoy themselves. The children had a wonderful time and it was a fantastic afternoon - I do hope that this is not a one off and it will become an annual event” he said.

Chickenley-based Community Development Worker, Paul Moore said "We would like to thank KNH for funding the Christmas panto and working with us to make the event a huge success. It was great to see so many local parents and kids come along for an afternoon of fun and entertainment whilst also reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas."

Cllr Shabir Pandor, the cabinet member for housing, said: “These kinds of events are not just a nice way to start the festive season; they also help bring the community together and make people feel good about where they live.

“That’s a key objective of the ‘Narrowing the Gap’ scheme – we want to develop successful communities where all residents have the best opportunities and life chances and have a strong sense of pride about where they live.”

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