Panto cast call in to cheer up youngsters in hospital

Steve Royle, Mark Paterson, JJ Hamblett; Play Worker Hayley Nuttall holding patient Lola Robertson (2) and Olivia Birchenough

Cinderella, you shall go to the Ward!

Stars of a local pantomime have been spreading Christmas cheer to children in hospital.

The cast of the Grand Theatre’s Cinderella, called into the Children’s Ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to spread some festive sparkle.

Gavin and Stacey star Melanie Walters, who plays the Fairy Godmother, said: “It’s one of the most important things to do every year.

“I always try and visit children in hospital wherever I am performing in panto.

“What a place to be over Christmas. It’s nice to be able to put a smile on their faces.”

David Alcock, Melanie Walters, Olivia Birchenough, JJ Hamblett, Steve Royle and Mark Paterson with patient Jessica Cook (11)

Channel 5’s Milkshake star, Olivia Birchenough, who plays Cinderella, said: “It’s lovely to be here and an absolute privilege to do something fun for the young patients. Hopefully we will make their Christmas happier.”

Hospital Play Specialist, Hayley Nuttall, said: “It’s really lovely that the cast have taken the time to come and see the children on the Ward at Christmas time.

“It’s the first time the cast from the Grand’s panto have visited and everyone has really enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing them again next year. Thank you to them all.”

Mark Paterson (Dandini) and JJ Hamblett (Prince Charming) and patient Michael Simmons, (6)

Cinderella is playing at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre until January 7. Visit for more details.



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