“A bar reception with a difference”.  That was how this year’s after-panto reception was billed and it certainly lived up to its name.  In a Winter Garden Bistro festively decorated by Tricia Sneath and her team, a good number of Friends gathered to welcome the cast and company of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs after the evening performance on Tuesday 13 December.

Once again, Chris Jordan had delivered a truly traditional pantomime with plenty to interest and amuse both young and old – who could believe so much entertainment could be derived from ‘five toilet rolls”!  Spirits were high amongst the many Friends – some accompanied by the younger members of their family – as they enjoyed chatting with the cast.  It was good to see young Danielle following in her mother’s autograph hunting footsteps and all were grateful to the trio of young ladies who mingled amongst the crowd with their baskets of chocolates!

It is always a joy to meet the cast of the panto and to welcome back old friends like Tucker and Martyn.  Also good to see some of the ensemble members back again too.  With around sixty performances of the pantomime ahead of them, the Friends are always grateful to them all for being so willing to spend their precious time with us. It is an absolute delight meeting them and a shame that the Bistro will no longer be available for next year’s party – but who knows what 2017 will bring.