Sheltered accommodation residents put on pantomime in Harold Wood

A group of older residents who live at sheltered accommodation sites across Havering put on their own pantomime on Saturday – oh yes they did!

The mature actors appeared at the Harold Wood Memorial Hall, Gubbins Lane, in a production of Cinderella.

The title role was played by Marion Grimes, 63, of Brook Lodge, Medora Road, Romford.

She said: “I hadn’t ever done anything like it, not since I was a child anyway, and we only had a few months of rehearsals.

“None of us knew each other before we did it but we’ve all become great friends.”


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The panto was performed twice on Saturday, in both the afternoon and evening.

Marion added: “We were a bit nervous because we only did the dress rehearsal the Thursday before.

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“But all we could hear when we were doing it was the sound of laughter, so it seemed to go well.”

Residents from accommodation including Royal Jubilee Court, Main Road, Gidea Park, Lombard House and Brook Lodge in Romford, and elsewhere took part in the production.

They were helped put on and perform the show by staff from different sheltered accommodation sites and the children of staff and their friends.

The pay was produced by sheltered accommodation activity worker Heather Patterson.

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