Panto stars shine at Christmas lights switch-on

PUBLISHED: 13:15 10 December 2011

Sarah Crosswell and Nicholas Collett with the sleigh

Sarah Crosswell and Nicholas Collett with the sleigh

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PANTOMIME stars were on hand to light up the Christmas tree on Brookmans Park's village green.

Sarah Crosswell and Nicholas Collett, who play Jack and Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, performed the big switch-on last Saturday.

More than 300 villagers had gathered for the now-tradtional community event organised by Brookmans Park Rotary Club.

The larger-than-life characters also picked the winning number in a prize draw for free tickets for a family of four to attend the panto.

Proceeds from the draw, more than £600, will go to the Alzheimer’s Society, The Orpheus Centre and the Aspire Powerchair Football Club.

The crowd was also joined by Father Christmas who arrived with his sleigh – kindly loaned by Potters Bar Rotary Club – and gave out early Christmas treats.

Rotarians and shopkeepers served free mulled wine, hot chocolate, hog roast rolls and mince pies, which had been donated by Michael’s Butchers, Brookmans Bakery, The Brookmans and Tesco.

The evening was rounded off with carol singing accompanied by the Potters Bar Town Band, who also provided music throughout the event.

A Rotary spokesman said: “We would like to thank North Mymms Parish Council for providing funds for the tree and for granting permission for the use of the green.

“Also, GT Towing who provided the transport for the tree and the Dutch Nursery for the fencing. A big thank you, too, to all those who took part for their support.”

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