Society thanks residents

Panto at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech by Sally Wallis.
Panto at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech by Sally Wallis.

A pantomime was held in Cowbeech last week to raise funds for local good causes.

Carry on Cowbeech Panto ran from Thursday (January 15) until Saturday (January 17) at the Merrie Harriers pub, in the village.

Les Webb, from the Cowbeech Bonfire Committee, which organised the panto, said: “The, now traditional, Pantomime at the Merrie Harriers ran for a total of five performances with the aim of increasing the level of funding available to assist worthy local causes. It’s too soon to have finalised the profit and loss account but it is expected that the panto will have added at least £1,000 to the Good Causes Funds.

“In Cowbeech the panto is usually tailor-made, bespoke rather than off the peg and the 2015 offering was entitled Carry on Cowbeech Panto. The plot revolved around the efforts of a local Drama and Operatic Society to poach the Cowbeech scriptwriter for their own purposes and also to steal a replacement script so that Cowbeech would not be able to stage a charity pantomime this year.

“I am relieved to report that with the help of Magic Cakes, a Talking Emu and a Flying Carpet the pantomime script was rescued and the panto was performed to the delight of the enthusiastic audiences. The Merrie Harriers is a ‘community pub’ in every sense and it was pleasing to see it packed out for every performance at the time of year when other licensed premises are struggling.”

Cowbeech Bonfire Society said it would like to thank residents for their support.

Mr Webb added: “The folks of the Cowbeech community are to be thanked for their continuous support for all events run by the Cowbeech Bonfire Society. The Cowbeech Bonfire Committee would also like to thank the cast and crew, amounting to more than thirty people, for all the time and effort so generously given since the end of October. Hopefully an equally enjoyable script will be created for performing in 2016.”