Hunstanton concert hits the right notes for Children In Need

Charity stall at Tesco Gaywood, iao Children in Need'Patti Stanley collecting once again for Children in Need (she has collected for CIN from the very first event) ANL-151113-193217009
Charity stall at Tesco Gaywood, iao Children in Need'Patti Stanley collecting once again for Children in Need (she has collected for CIN from the very first event) ANL-151113-193217009
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A Hunstanton variety show, raising an amazing £1430 on seat sales alone, was one of a number events to raise money for Children In Need.

The show, produced by Gemma Parsons and Anna Hallard, and compared by Sean Rollason, was a fun-filled event that filled the Princess Theatre on Friday night.

The fabulous sound of the 70-strong Rock Choir, led by Mike Tandy, were followed by the Searles Superstars singing favourites from the musicals including the ever-popular Mamma Mia.

Laughter next for Tommy Rollason’s ventriloquist act with Chuck the Duck, including a lovely rendition of It’s a wonderful world, before the Rock Choir returned closing the first half.

After the interval a tribute to ‘Oliver’ from the Rollason Stage School left the audience wanting more and they were not disappointed with the stage school’s next number.

Lucy Rollason, who will be appearing as Princess Jasmine in the upcoming Pantomime Aladdin at the Princess, joined the youngsters for a song and dance number from Hairspray. She went on to sing ‘A whole new world’ from Aladdin with Josh Harding.

More music from Peter Jay and an escapology act from Sean Rollason followed before the Rock Choir returned to complete a wonderful evening of entertainment and the entire cast filled the stage for the finale.

Gemma Parsons said: “It has been an honour to organize and bring the talents of Hunstanton together for a one night only show all in aid of a wonderful charity.

“We have some amazing local heroes amongst us this year who do so much already in their own right for their local community.”

And whilst the show went on, Hunstanton Lions Club members Mick Harpley, Angie Keightley, Sue Murkett, Jane Scott and Sharon Noble completed the annual pub crawl in fancy dress collecting for the cause, where a total of £670 was collected.

It was a case of role reversal for Staff at Marriott’s Warehouse on the South Quay on Thursday night.

More than 60 orders were taken at £20 for a three-course meal, £10 of which went to Children in Need.

Kitchen staff at the venue became waiters for the night while staff in front of the house went to work in the kitchen.

Other events, including a raffle, helped raise almost £1,000.

Children at Terrington St Clement Community School dressed up as their own hero for the day with most children at the school participating.

All youngsters who dressed up donated £1 and, also thanks to the sale of Pudsey wrist bands, a total of £472 was raised.

During the afternoon youngsters participated in a number of Children in Need activities.

Key Stage One children made their own recipie for a happy child, while Key Stage Two children wrote a song or a wrap related to the charity.

Seven staff from Hair Share down Lynn’s High Street draised up as Disney characters for the day.

Mini Mouse, Cinderella and Robin Hood, among others, were all present as the shop did their bit for charity.

A collection inside and outside the shop raised a total of £134.

Patti Stanley raised £228.20 while running a raffle for five hours in the Gayton Tesco.

She has been supporting Children in Need since 1985.

She said: “I’m over the moon to have raised £228.20. To raise that much money in five hours is amazing.

“Customers were really generous and I’d like to thank Tesco for allowing me to be there.”

n See Friday’s paper for more Children In Need pictures.