One of the reasons we return home from boating when we do, around the beginning of October, is so I can go to rehearsals for the village pantomime. This annual event was started in 1970 by a man called Duncan who devised it as an evening's entertainment for his mother. The entertainment was enjoyed so much that Duncan decided to repeat the exercise the next year. It quickly grew into the lavish production that we have today. This year's run was sold out for the first time. Nine performances to 180 people at a time in the village hall makes all the rehearsals worth all the effort.
As I mentioned before I had the role of Narrator in Sleeping Beauty.
A few years ago Duncan retired from active involvement with the pantomime group, becoming President and passing the writing baton to Lloyd who does an excellent job. There will be a big celebration in a couple of years' time, no doubt, when the panto reaches its 50th production. Duncan will then be 93.
A disappointment - Not the best of days to wander around Shugborough gardens as a very misty drizzly morning was in store but the autumn colours of the changing foliage were ...
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