Tickets handout brings panto fun to youngsters

Some of the cast of Snow White at this year's Christmas lights switch-on in Kettering

Some of the cast of Snow White at this year's Christmas lights switch-on in Kettering

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Dozens of disadvantaged children will have the chance to enjoy this year’s panto in Kettering thanks to an initiative from the Northants Telegraph and the Lighthouse Theatre.

More than 150 tickets have been handed out by the Telegraph to give the youngsters a chance to enjoy a fairytale evening at Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Jeanette Walsh, from Northamptonshire County Council’s leaving care team, is reprising her role as Mother Christmas by giving out the tickets to the children.

This year’s production begins at the Lighthouse Theatre on Wednesday, December 11, running until Sunday, January 5.

And disadvantaged youngsters will get their chance to watch the spectacular show, which features astrologer and Strictly Come Dancing star Russell Grant, on Friday, December 13.

Jeanette, who is also co-ordinating the distribution of presents donated to the Christmas gift appeal, said she had been given more than 150 tickets to hand out to foster carers, adopters and two children’s homes across Northamptonshire.

She added: “I was brought up in care. We are getting it [festive initiatives for deserving youngsters] bigger and bigger each year.

“We are just doing it to make a difference.”

She has sent some of last year’s feedback to the Telegraph. Among the responses was one which said: “On the way home I had a very contented, lost-voice-from-shouting, child.”

Another added: “Our foster children had a brilliant time, measured by how quickly they fell asleep in the car on the way home.”

Jeanette said: “The children had a brilliant time last year. It’s nice for people to see that the people we are giving to really appreciate it.”

Neil Pickford, editor of the Northants Telegraph, said the Lighthouse Theatre had offered tickets to the newspaper, which had taken the decision to pass them on to deserving children.

He added: “It’s gratifying to have heard how much these tickets are appreciated by those who get the opportunity to come along to the pantomime.

“I’m sure those who are given the tickets this time will have an equally enjoyable evening.”