Clacton: Quick action to move fallen tree means Christmas panto will go-ahead
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Hundreds of young children will get their festive pantomime treat today after council workmen cleared a fallen tree.
The cast of Peter Pan were stuck at their accommodation with the road to Clacton’s Princes Theatre blocked.
The tree came down across Beach Road, St Osyth, in last night’s 75mph winds and left them stranded.
The cast of Peter Pan, minus leading star Jeff Brazier who was staying elsewhere, made an emergency call to Tendring District Council in the early hours and a team was dispatched at first light.
The road was cleared in time for them to make it in for the first of two shows at 11am.
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Nigel Brown, Tendring Council’s communications and manager, said that he had told the cast to keep in touch if there were any problems with the weather.
“Rebecca, who plays Nicole the Pirate, sent me a text at around 1.30am to say that they were stuck,” he said.
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“One car had tried to leave to go back to where they were staying in Clacton and could not get past the tree. They were worried they would not be able to get out in time for the first show.
“I contacted Trevor Mills our Open Space and Transport Manager and he promised to arrange for a team to go down to St Osyth as soon as it was light and remove the tree.”
Mr Brown said that with more than 1,000 people due at the two performances today they had to make sure that the shows went ahead.
Jeff Brazier, who stars as Peter Pan, said that he was relieved that the problem was resolved as soon as possible as he would not have wanted to disappoint all those who had booked for Christmas Eve.
“Several of the cast do play multiple parts but I certainly couldn’t have played them all,” he said.
“I was glad to see the rest of the team arrive at the Princes in plenty of time. It was always going to be a hectic day as we only have a 15 minute turnaround between shows.”
Peter Pan runs at the Princes Theatre through until January 1 and there are still tickets left for shows which are on every day except Christmas Day.