December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Sheringham Little Theatre panto dame Nanny Knotty Knickers got her tights in a tangle this morning, when actor Russel Hicken’s train from London broke down, preventing him from opening Woodfields School’s new charity shop dressed as the flamboyantly-frocked character.
The grand opening went ahead as planned however, after theatre publicity intern Joe Burnham stepped in to help.
After donning Mr Hicken’s dame costume and wig, former Paston College student Mr Burnham was given a five-minute makeover by Little Theatre director Debbie Thompson, before dashing off up Station Road to the newly-built shop, which has been provided by the town’s Tesco store at a peppercorn rent.
“Joe has only been with us for a month, but, in true theatre style, one of his first roles is as understudy,” Mrs Thompson said.
After Mr Burnham had declared the shop open by cutting a pink ribbon with a pair of giant scissors, staff, students, guests and customers had a chance to browse donated stock ranging from books and toys, to clothing and homewares.
Woodfields, which caters for 90 children with complex needs, previously ran a charity shop in Station Road, providing sixth formers with a chance to work on the till and help with banking, steaming clothes and recycling donations. The shop also provided youngers pupils with an off-site learning centre.
It was forced to close seven months ago to make way for the new supermarket and students have since sold donated goods via an ebay charity page.
Shop manager Denise Lewis said staff and students were thrilled with the new shop.
“I have really missed it and I think the community has too,” she added. “It is great to be back as being here gives our students a wonderful opportunity to learn valuable life skills.”
Woodfields Den, at 65 Station Road, is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm. Staff would welcome donations of good quality goods. For more information, phone 01263 820520.
To book tickets for Sheringham Little Theatre’s pantomime, Snow White, which opens on December 10m, phone the box office on 01263 822347.