Eighty years on a panto company is poised to entertain the young and not so young in the town.

The Ellesmere Port Original Pantomime Company, dating back to 1934, has been rehearsing hard since September to bring Sleeping Beauty to the stage at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall.

The company puts on a traditional panto every year and now donates around 100 tickets to Cheshire Oaks Audi. As part of their charity project the dealership then passes them on to Social Services for children in care.

The non profit making company also donates annually to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and Claire House Hospice alternately by doing bucket collections at the end of each performance. This year it is the turn of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

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The show is due on stage at the civic hall from Thursday, January 21 to Sunday, January 24. Curtain up is 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with matinees at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s director is Gail Roberts with musical director Nikki Molley and choreography by Sue Hickman. For tickets call 07515 855396.

Chairman Dorothy Cartwright said: “Please support this local company who have been providing Ellesmere Port with pantomimes for over 80 years. The company has provided fun, laughter, heroes and villains for many years appealing to all ages.”

Ellesmere Port mayor Lynn Clare and mayoress Jennie Bateman will be in the audience at the opening night.