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Panto carol service proves to be big hit

PUBLISHED: 17:15 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:43 22 December 2017

The Panto Babes at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Panto Babes at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The annual Norwich pantomime carol service, featuring the cast of Sleeping Beauty, was another popular hit with the city community.

There were queues more than an hour before the service started at St Peter Mancroft Church, with huge anticipation among the early arrivals.

Derek Griffiths at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDerek Griffiths at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The audience enjoyed the hilarious readings, joyful songs, and wonderful carols throughout the hour-long service, especially the elderly and the young, who belted out the Twelve Days of Christmas with great festive spirit.

The Pantomine Ensemble at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Pantomine Ensemble at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

There were traditional carols, solos, readings and singing by the cast, an address from the Bishop of Lynn the Rt Rev Jonathan Merrick, and prayers.

Richard Gauntlett at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRichard Gauntlett at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Laughter and smiles could be seen and heard all around the church.

Rev Canon Ian Bentley at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRev Canon Ian Bentley at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The panto is at the Theatre Royal until January 14.

Glenn Adamson, left, and Stephen Godward sing at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYGlenn Adamson, left, and Stephen Godward sing at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Ben Langley at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBen Langley at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Elizabeth Carter sings at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYElizabeth Carter sings at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Gillian Wright at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYGillian Wright at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Elizabeth Carter sings at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYElizabeth Carter sings at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Derek Griffiths, left, and Stephen Godward at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDerek Griffiths, left, and Stephen Godward at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Panto Babes at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Panto Babes at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Theatre Royal chief executive, Stephen Crocker, speaks at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTheatre Royal chief executive, Stephen Crocker, speaks at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Panto Babes at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Panto Babes at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Panto Babes at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Panto Babes at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Derek Griffiths, left, and Stephen Godward at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDerek Griffiths, left, and Stephen Godward at the Sleeping Beauty Panto Carol Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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