Thursford deluged with 2008 ticket bids

For most of us, the start of a new year sees a trickle of mail drop through the letterbox - perhaps the odd card or bill delayed by the Christmas post.

For most of us, the start of a new year sees a trickle of mail drop through the letterbox - perhaps the odd card or bill delayed by the Christmas post.

But at one Norfolk address, January 2 saw the arrival of bulging red mail sacks containing thousands and thousands of letters.

And the mail bags contained a staggering 77,000 requests for the same thing - tickets for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2008.

The show, together with the new children's attraction which made its debut in 2007, saw 144,000 people visit Thursford over the festive season.

And judging from the mail bags, Thursford's popularity shows no signs of waning.

Eight office staff are working full-time dealing with the postal applications and sorting out requests for tickets for particular dates in the 2008 season.

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Thursford company secretary Geraldine Rye said she is not daunted by the deluge of mail as it has become a familiar new year trend.

“A lot of our audiences come to see the show every year and feel the only way to try to ensure they get the tickets for the date they want is to get their applications to us as soon as possible,” she said.

“We know that some people arrive home after seeing our show and send off their ticket applications straightaway for the next season.”

As well as the ticket applications, which also include many from coach operators in other parts of the country, the postbags also contain hundreds of letters from people who have enjoyed the shows.

From November 10 to December 23 last year, there were more than 80 performances. “We always appreciate our audiences taking the trouble to send letters telling us how much they have enjoyed our shows. Some of the writers include their own comments on particular aspects of the show and often these are taken on board when the show's director John Cushing starts to put the whole show together,” said Ms Rye.