The popular Kent Police panto marked its 24th year in style with six performances and some much welcome support from police cadets.
This year’s performance was a fitting tribute in memory of panto founder PC Woral (Alan) Davison, who died last year. It also marked a new venue as the previous location, Margate’s Theatre Royal, is currently closed.
‘Snow White and the Several Plods’ raised £10,000 for the Thanet Parkinson’s Group and £500 for Cliffsend Village Hall.
Andy Sewell, Chairman and original cast member since show one, said: “It has been my privilege to be a member of The Panto Group for the last 24 years and to have seen the difference our donations have made to local charities.
“This was so apparent when we presented Parkinson’s Thanet Branch with their cheque for £10,000. The gasp in the room and the tears of joy we saw is why we all do it. We cannot thank enough, all the people who came and watched this year’s production. See you all again next year!”
Deputy Chair of the Police Panto Group, Amanda Oldacre, added: “From 16 to 18 February the Kent Police Panto produced the annual police pantomime, held at Taylor Hall, St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, in memory of founder, ex PC Woral (Alan) Davison, who sadly passed away in 2022.
“This was the panto’s 24th year but this year police cadets were involved with car parking, front of house, concession sales and tidying the venue between performances, alongside community engagement with the audience, which included local mayors and MPs. Some of the cadets helped out for all six performances.
“This was the first year we’ve used Taylor Hall, having previously performed at the Theatre Royal. We simply would not have been able to cope with the additional work needed to manage the venue without the assistance of the cadets and leaders. They also provided timely booing and cheering throughout the performances, which was much appreciated by the cast.”
Douglas Hamilton treasurer of Parkinson’s Thanet said: “This is an amazing amount of money, it will be put to good use for the people of Thanet who have condition, they will not suffer alone. Thank you to everyone who supported and donated.”
The 2024 production will be held from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 February 2024. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for ticket information.
The police panto has raised more than £200,000 for charities over more than two decades. Find out more on www.thepolicepanto.co.uk or Facebook page ‘The Police Panto’.