The stage is set for return of the village pantomime

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PANTO could be making a return to a Northumberland village — oh yes it could.

Parish councillors have agreed in principle to book at least one show for Widdrington Station Community Centre in December.

The idea was met with unanimous support at a parish meeting earlier this month when members were told of a programme by the WTS Productions touring theatre company.

They said the group’s Alice In Pantoland production, suitable for three-year-olds upwards, would be a welcome pre-Christmas treat for villagers.

And they also discussed the possibility of booking another show to run during the same period.

Coun Shelly Willoughby said: “We did have a thriving amateur dramatics group here and it used to put productions on.

“A lot of local people took part so I think it would be brilliant to have a panto here.”

The show will cost £400, or £750 for two, which could be recouped from ticket sales.

However, councillors said they may be able to offer admission free or for just a nominal charge.

They agreed to try to book one show for Saturday, December 17, but may organise another following further discussions with the theatre company.