Gallery: The village of Witnesham performs its own story for pantomime weekend

Panto characters perform The Ghost of Witnesham Hall

Panto characters perform The Ghost of Witnesham Hall - Credit: Archant

A pantomime, based upon a historic village story, has been performed to sell-out crowds.

There was no Aladdin, Cinderella or Jack and the Giant Beanstalk in Witnesham, near Ipswich, but a story much closer to home.

Over the weekend the Ghost of Witnesham Hall, written by village recorder Steve Henley, was played out.

The story centres around the death in 1729 of Elizabeth Meadows who was the daughter of John and Margaret Meadows, owners of Witnesham Hall and much of the land the village and surrounding areas.

Ancestor Frances Meadows wrote a book about the event and even recently the ghost of Elizabeth has been heard down the back staircase of the hall, Mr Henley said.

The performances, at Manor Farm in the village, raised money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.