Panto was better than all the doctor's pills

SIR - It must be well over 30 years ago that I went to a pantomime and when I saw the front page story in the Gazette on February 4 about the Woolsery panto, we just had to go. And what a wonderful evening it was. The director, Stuart Rickard, made the op

SIR - It must be well over 30 years ago that I went to a pantomime and when I saw the front page story in the Gazette on February 4 about the Woolsery panto, we just had to go. And what a wonderful evening it was.The director, Stuart Rickard, made the opening speech. What can I say about that? There were many tears rolling down people's faces, I can assure you.Then it was on with the show. I spent 18 years as conductor of the North Devon Gang Show so I know what is involved in putting on a show - months and months of work.Aladdin was first class in every way. Ebeneezer, how we all shouted and bawled at him. Widow Twanky certainly made us laugh as did Flip and Flop, Ha Ha and Hee Hee.There was no sign of any nerves on the opening night. Time and again, my eye caught Stuart Rickard, living every moment, singing the songs. Yes, it was better than all the doctor's pills. This was a show for the boss, the man who had done so much for the people of Woolsery.He even got up and danced with Widow Twanky - what a cheer they had.Sadly, the show came to an end. If you did not go or could not get a ticket, then you missed a real treat.I sincerely hope that Stuart will be able to get the treatment he so richly deserves and be able to produce many more wonderful pantomimes.Mervyn Sweet, Bideford.


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