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DELIGHTED schoolchildren in Rose Green were entertained by a trio of panto characters.

Robin Hood, Maid Marion and Friar Tuck combined to stage some sketches and talk to the pupils at Rose Green Junior School’s Christmas fair.

The actors – Bryn Lucas, Katie Louise Oughtibridge and Barrie Sundborg – are appearing in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at the Regis Centre.

Bryn said: “It’s good to be here with the local community and meeting children who may never have seen a panto or a live show.

“It’s nice for them to meet us and it’s worthwhile for us to be part of an event like this.

“Hopefully, we can get them thinking about live entertainment.

“Some of them might also have seen us at the Christmas lights switch on in Bognor Regis the other week.”

The actors’ presence was one of the attractions at the annual event staged by the school’s parents’ association.

The £1,450 raised by the fete at the Raleigh Road school last Friday could be put towards subsidising school trips to cut the cost to parents or to buy new computers or play equipment.

School headteacher Philip Craig, who started in the job last September, said: “Today’s event is all about being part of the community. A lot of our children’s parents and grandparents came here and the school is an important part of the area.

“This fair will bring the community into the school. It’s also about raising money in these straitened times.

“The parents’ association work tirelessly to raise money to improve the learning environment for pupils.

“Being in school is not just about learning. It’s about children learning about life outside the school as well.”

Hazel Latus, the panto’s executive producer, said: “Ticket sales are going well.

“We’ve got a few sell out shows and some with some tickets left.

“It’s the most important show we have in the centre but it’s one we do ourselves with Spillers Productions.”

Panto tickets are available from the box office on 01243 861010.

 

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