Show will go on after costume donations

Stamford Pantomime Players cast members with some of the costumes donated to them, back, from left, vice-chairman Mick Lee, Sarah Healey, Leah Pumpr, 12, Molly Dronkers, 11, and Ria Dronkers, 11. Front, Teagan Broughton, seven, and Lilly-Rose Geeves, five
Stamford Pantomime Players cast members with some of the costumes donated to them, back, from left, vice-chairman Mick Lee, Sarah Healey, Leah Pumpr, 12, Molly Dronkers, 11, and Ria Dronkers, 11. Front, Teagan Broughton, seven, and Lilly-Rose Geeves, five
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Members of a pantomime cast have thanked the public for donating costumes after their stock collected over 60 years was destroyed in a fire.

Stamford Pantomime Players made a plea for spare fancy dress costumes in the Mercury last month after a fire ripped through the Stamford Self Store warehouse in Great Casterton.

The fire destroyed the group’s entire stock of costumes, which were stored at the warehouse and had been collected over 60 years.

The people of Stamford responded and donated a range of dresses, hats and other items of clothing.

Players vice-chairman Mick Lee, who plays the King in the upcoming production of Puss In Boots, said: “We are very grateful to the people who have donated and to Stamford Corn Exchange for collecting the costumes for us.

“We are delighted with the response. We lost 52 dresses in the fire but we have had some nice quality items donated.

“We are by no means there yet but it is a really good start.”

Molly Dronkers, 14, will be in the chorus for Puss In Boots and has appeared in several pantos before.

She said: “I was shocked when I heard about the fire. Knowing that all the costumes I had worn went up in flames was quite upsetting.

“I thought Puss In Boots was going to have to be cancelled but luckily we now have some more costumes.

“I hope people will still come to the performance.”

The players are still collecting costumes of all kinds. They can be dropped off at the Corn Exchange or you can arrange collection by calling. 01780 766455.

The players would like to express their sympathies to the owners of Stamford Self Store.