Deluge of mail for 2007 Christmas show

RICHARD PARR People just cannot wait for next Christmas judging by the bulging post bags full of thousands of applications for the 2007 Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

RICHARD PARR

People just cannot wait for next Christmas, judging by the bulging post- bags full of thousands of applications for the 2007 Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

Staff at the Thursford Collection, near Fakenham, arrived back at their desks this week to start work sorting through thousands of postal applications from all over the country keen to secure seats at the show billed as England's biggest Christmas spectacular.

People write in for their choice of date for the show and the applications are dealt with on the basis of when they arrive at the office.

If their first choice is not available, they are then allocated a date closest to their original choice.

And Geraldine Rye revealed that the volume of applications already looks to be higher than last year, when a record-breaking 113,000 tickets were sold.

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The 2007 show may well benefit from the nationwide publicity the show attracted when it was the subject of a Christmas Eve screening of the BBC's Songs of Praise presented by Aled Jones.

Six staff at Thursford will now be working on processing the applications and it will take them two or three days just to open the envelopes.

“We always expect thousands and thousands of ticket applications in the post when we start back after the Christmas and New Year break. The amount looks to be an increase on last year's record number of applications for tickets,” said Ms Rye.