Panto stars out to give campaign a final push

CAST members from Lowestoft's big pantomime at the Marina Theatre, Snow White, took time out of their busy schedule to support The Journal's Shop Local campaign.

The stars visited Palmers Department Store in Lowestoft – one of the many stores to have signed up the campaign – this week.

Snow White, played by Victoria Scott, was joined by Wicked Queen Griselda – Hi De Hi's Nikki Kelly – and Muddles, aka Mike 'Squeeky' McClean.

Re-creating a scene from the pantomime the Wicked Queen offered Snow White an apple, however, this time it was not the infamous poisoned apple but part of store manager Susan Patterson's lunch!

Speaking about the visit, Mrs Patterson said: 'We were delighted that the cast are getting so involved with the local community and took time out to visit our store,

'The Marina Theatre is such an important part of the town centre and along with the staff here at Palmers I can't wait to see the pantomime!'

And cast members will also be joining in the festive fun tomorrow as Lowestoft retailers continue to pull out all the stops to ensure a warm welcome to customers in the town's thriving retail centre.

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With one of the region's top pantomimes and the centre boasting one of the largest selections of national and independent shops in Suffolk, the Town Centre Management Partnership, in conjunction with the Marina Theatre have confirmed plans for its special family day tomorrow, which in addition to extended late night shopping will ensure Lowestoft's principle retail area continues to shine even brighter over the festive season.

The special Christmas Family Fun Day has been arranged by The Town Management Partnership, after they received generous donations towards the event from Suffolk county councillors Colin Law, Kathy Gosling and Mary Rudd, enabling a host of activities to take place.

These include rodeo reindeer, winter ninco rally scalextric, a snowboard simulator, bouncy castle and a bungee run. In addition there will be Christmas music and characters, balloon modelling, face painting and donkey 'reindeer.'

Rides, Father Christmas and cast members from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs are also set to make an appearance alongside local radio station, The Beach. The fun kicks off at 11am and Waveney District Council car parks are free all day from 10am. In addition to more than 40 major retailers and independent stores, the town centre also has a host of cafes and restaurants for weary shoppers to rest.

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