Was panto rude? Oh no it wasn’t

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SCRIPT writers have defen-ded their pantomime after coming under fire for “lavatorial humour”.

Bourne Lions pantomime The Cat, Witch and Squirrel has been criticised by Daphne Cox, of Stainfield Road, Haconby, who was disappointed with the innuendo throughout the show.

But one of the show’s writers, Lion Mike Cann, said that the group has been following a “Carry On” style for more than 30 years and has not had objections. The script is written by Lions members and friends.

The cast put on five performances in Bourne Corn Exchange last week.

Mrs Cox said that she was disappointed by the lavatorial humour and innuendo throughout the show.

She said: “This was they said a ‘family panto’. This sort of stuff is on the TV daily, but my children have never been allowed to watch. When one treats them to a family panto, we either have to watch or get up and walk out.”

Mr Cann, of Saxon Way, said that the Lions had been running a pantomime for 30 years.

He said: “We have always run the panto in the same style.

“We try not to be outright crude and we try to be like the Carry On films. It’s how you interpret it.”

An estimated 600 to 700 people went to see the production, which saw Nursery Rhyme Land being saved from Verruca the evil witch.

The panto featured all the well-known nursery rhymes.

Lorraine Edwards took on the role of Verruca, who casts a spell to rid the land of nursery rhymes.

Mr Cann took on the role of the Grand Old Duke of York with Rob Cochran as Humpty Dumpty.

Lions have thanked Bourne United Reformed Church and Stanton Close sheltered housing complex home for allowing them to use their sites for rehearsals.