Pupils enthralled by classic TV character

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A CHILDREN’S TV classic was brought to a whole new generation as The Bagpuss Lady took to the stage.

Music lecturer Sandra Kerr, who wrote the music for Bagpuss and was the voice of the doll Madeleine, revived the famous characters in a charity performance at St George’s United Reformed Church.

The Bagpuss Lady'Mayor Joan Tebbutt joins in.

The Bagpuss Lady'Mayor Joan Tebbutt joins in.

The show featured folk students from Newcastle University and included songs, dances and stories.

Ms Kerr said: “This was the first time I have done the show with students from the folk degree course.

“We had lovely comments from everybody and lots of hugs from children.

“The parents could remember the original Bagpuss and I think they might have enjoyed the show even more than the children.

“They were remembering the words of the songs and answering questions. It was very nice indeed.”

The show was in aid of Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt’s chosen charity, Henry Dancer Days, which supports families of children diagnosed with bone cancer osteosarcoma.

Coun Tebbutt said: “The show was absolutely brilliant. We sold out of tickets.

“There was a big carpet for the little ones to sit on and Sandra brought along mouse masks for the children to wear on their heads. It was quite delightful.”

Ms Kerr will lead women’s choir Werca’s Folk in a concert at St Mary’s Church tonight to launch its new album, Sing Emily Sing Liberty in tribute to Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

It starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8, £6 concession, available from Morpeth Chantry or on the door.