He’s behind you

by Neill Rhodes

On 3rd December, over 550 children and their helpers had a great day out at the Panto at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. This, together with individual goodies bags, was made possible by a donation from Berkshire Freemasons.

All of the Theatre seats for the performance on the afternoon were bought by the Freemasons of Berkshire for disadvantaged, terminally ill, disabled and children with learning difficulties along with their families or carers. It was a great success. All of the children and families had excellent rapport and engagement with the cast.

As in previous years, the atmosphere was electric, and each child received a goodie bag with Christmas gifts and a light stick. it was a great joy to see their enthusiasm for the afternoon. This was a tremendous reward for the work put in, and the support received, from all of the Theatre staff. A wonderful testimony to the impact on young lives which are otherwise so blighted.

Numerous organisations were given tickets, Pathway Special Needs School, Addington School, Sebastian Trust, Daisy’s Dream, Chance to Dance Group Bracknell & Reading, Stoney Dean School, Bourne End Academy, Variety Children’s Charity, and Family Friends Windsor.

A number of the children were afterwards as pleased as punch to be photographed on the stage with all of the members of the cast which included Steven Blakely, Kevin Cruise, Basil Brush, Paul Nicholas, Marti Webb, Joe Thompson Oubari and Rhiannon Bacchus among others.

  • PGM Anthony Howlett-Bolton OBE with Window Twankie (Steven Blakeley). Pictures by Mike Swift

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