Lifeguard to the rescue after woman suffers suspected stroke at Seaford pantomime

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A lifeguard came to the rescue of an audience member at a performance of Seaford Musical Theatre’s pantomime yesterday (Saturday, January 16) after the woman suffered a suspected stroke.

The matinee performance of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ was attended by Seaford Lifeguards for first aid assistance and Peter Gwilliam, chairman of the charity, was on duty.

He leapt to the woman’s assistance before paramedics attended and took her to hospital, where she is being monitored and is said to be comfortable.

The performance, at the Barn Theatre, had to be halted for 40 minutes while the audience member was attended to.

Show director, Paula Woolven, said: “We would like to thank this afternoon’s patrons for their compassion and understanding when we had to halt our matinee performance.

“Our audience member is in the best hands now in hospital and we wish her a full and speedy recovery.

“The lady’s family have expressed their thanks for the swift assistance from Peter Gwilliam and other volunteers at the Barn.”

The opening show, last week, was a relaxed performance for more than 80 guests with additional needs and their families and friends. BSL sign language interpreter, Lesley Russell, provided a signed explanation of the show for deaf audience members and was a huge hit.

The second show was attended by members of many Seaford community organisations including the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Inner Wheel, Seaford TIC, The Lionesses, Seaford Community Cinema and the Mayor and Mayoress of Seaford, Councillor David and Mrs Marion Argent.

The show concludes next weekend (January 22-24).

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