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Surprise for Duncan

 

Forty years of writing and producing the annual Hethersett Village Pantomime were marked with a surprise party in Hethersett Village Hall for Duncan Pigg.

About 120 current and past members of the pantomime group turned up on the day to thank Duncan for all his efforts and they managed to keep the event a surprise. Duncan’s arrival was met by the current cast singing “Happiness” and then members performed a special entertainment based on the various pantos written by Duncan over the 40 years. This included the Can Can, “If I Was Not in Pantomime,” “The Vicar of Dibley sketch,” Gilbert and Sullivan and the traditional ending of “Happy Days.”

Duncan was presented with a “This is Your Pantomime” red book featuring photographs of performances through the years.

Duncan will not be severing his connections with the group but will stay on as chairman and will still be involved, although the task of writing has passed on to one of the group’s leading lights Lloyd Parfitt.

Over £5,700 has been presented to charity from the pantomime group’s 2009 production of Aladdin and his Wonderful Ruby Lamp. A bucket collection at the end of each performance raised £2,100 for the Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group and other donations were: Hethersett Jubilee Youth Group (£2,000), Hethersett St Remigius Church (£300), Hethersett Methodist Church (£300), Wymondham Roman Catholic Church (£300), Little Melton Parish Church (£300), Ketteringham Parish Church (£150), Talking Newspaper (£100), Hope and Homes for Children (£100), Hethersett Flower Festival (£50).

Since 1970 the group has donated over £65,000 to various organisations and charities.