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With Christmas out of the way, one’s thoughts turn to the new year of 2011 and what joys and sorrow it may bring. It started well for me as by the 5th, I had managed to break my glasses, put my foot through my mobile phone and drive through a pothole, resulting in a flat tyre! This was however merely the pre-cursor of what I was to discover on the 6th. Walking with trepidation up to the village hall, I was given my panto script and discovered that I am to get not one but two custard pies in the face! What I have done to justify this is a complete mystery to me but I’m sure over the coming weeks there will be any number of friends and associates only too happy to point out valid reasons for this treatment.

This year’s production is now in full swing with rehearsals, scenery preparation and costume design which I may warn you may well have me in tights! The village pantomime spectacular this year is Neil Gurney’s ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and promises to be as excellent as ever. For all you pantomime ‘virgins’, the Long Marston Pantomime has been going for 24 years and is staged along very traditional lines. With all the cast and crew being locals who step up to the mark once a year, it makes a memorable night out for all the family. The show is as usual being staged during the school half term holidays on 24th, 25th & 26th February. Tickets are £6 for Adults, £4 for Senior Citizens and £3 for Children and are available from the Queens Head, Long Marston, Wilstone Village Shop and Mead’s Farm Shop. We also have a raffle and a bar. Anyone interested in wasting a day doing some painting is welcome to come to Wilstone Village Hall 10-5 on Sundays. Why not come and join us this February and if you’re lucky, you may even get a sweet if the children in the front rows let you have any! See you there!

Article by Toby Davidson