Panto pays out to causes

M W Players present a cheque to groups within the community
M W Players present a cheque to groups within the community

THE CURTAIN may have come down on the panto season, but the fun went on as community groups in Market Weighton benefited from the latest production.

The town’s theatres group, The Market weighton Community Players, donated the £3,000 they had raised through their performances of Aladdin in March to various local causes.

A cheque for £400 was donated to the town’s Scout Hut rebuild fund, £200 for voluntary bus service Beverley Community Lift, £200 for local radio station Vixen 101, and £200 to local Scouts to use for explorer activities.

However, the biggest donation was £2,000, money will be used to improve the stage facilities at Market Weighton School on Spring Road.

Jayne Thomas, chairman of the Market Weighton Community Players, says: “We’re delighted to be able to help out these great causes in the town and I want to thank everyone who came to see our production, because without their support, we couldn’t make these grants.

“A lot of hard work goes in to staging community theatre but it is great fun.”

The donations were formally handed out at a special barbecue held recently at the Scout Hut just off High Street.

Details of the group’s next production are still being drawn up but they expect to be back on stage in October 2011.