Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Colchester: Panto stars cheer young patients

10:00 04 January 2013

Stars from The Mercury Theatre

Stars from The Mercury Theatre's panto " Jack and the beanstalk" visiting children in the Childrens Unit at Colchester General Hospital. Connor Lowis, 13 (COR) gets a present from the cast.

Archant

PANTOMIME characters dropped in to the children’s unit at Colchester General Hospital to give patients a festive treat.

The cast of this year’s Mercury Theatre pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk handed out presents to the youngsters who were too unwell to spend Christmas at home this year.

The gifts were paid for from donations at the theatre’s carol concert held on December 19, which is one of Colchester’s most popular Christmas traditions.

The eight actors included Jai Vethamony who plays Jack and Christine Absalom, who is playing Queen Marj.

Lynda Pearce, matron for children’s services, said: “Here on the children’s unit we are big believers in celebrating all 12 days of Christmas and the visit helped us do just that.

“This is the 21st consecutive year that cast members from the Mercury’s panto have come to see us. We would like to thank them for their continued support. The children, parents and staff all looked forward to it.”

At the end of the free carol concert, people had the chance to make donations and take part in a raffle.

A total of £853.11 was raised, half of which was spent on buying presents for the children’s unit with the remainder going to Sparks, a leading children’s medical research charity. Tony Casement, associate director at Mercury Theatre, said: “Like many staff here at the theatre, I’m a dad, and we feel particularly struck at this time of year to want to support children and families in need of a little extra help.”

The children’s unit serves children up to 15 from all over Colchester, Tendring and Halstead and the Colne Valley.

Jack and the Beanstalk ends its five-week run on January 12.

0 comments

Heavy rain brings outs the umbrellas in Bury St Edmunds

Today’s Race for Life event in Bury St Edmunds has been cancelled due to heavy raining and flooding at Nowton Park.

600 primary school children are attending a science fair at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard. Pictured with flame is Head of Chemistry Andy Cameron.

This week our headlines were dominated by the EU referendum, with campaigners from the Remain camp hitting the streets of Bury St Edmunds before the vote on Thursday.

Lionel Richie on stage in Colchester

“What the hell is this? You call this a summer evening? Welcome to Cold-chester!”

Keith Senior is pictured at Jacobs Allen in Bury St Edmunds

Concerns have been raised about how Thursday’s decision to quit the EU will affect mortgage rates and foreign travel.

Shadow foreign sec Hilary Benn with Emma Reynolds and MEP Richard Hewitt on the Labour In Battle Bus meeting the public in Ipswich town centre.

Half of Labour’s shadow cabinet are reported to have resigned today in the fallout after the referendum result.

Action from the Felixstowe & Walton United v Bury Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup. Photo: Steve Waller

A football club’s dream of a new clubhouse and changing rooms fit for the 21st Century has moved a step closer with the award of a £50,000 grant.

Aldeburgh beach

Global superstar Taylor Swift has been spotted strolling the streets of a Suffolk seaside town, after she flew into the country to meet her rumoured new love interest’s mother.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24