Stamford Pantomime Players celebrate diamond jubilee

Daphne Jones, Sheila Lee and Mike Lee enjoy the Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Daphne Jones, Sheila Lee and Mike Lee enjoy the Diamond Jubilee celebrations
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A DRAMA group celebrated its diamond jubilee with a reunion party.

King George VI was on the throne and rationing was still in operation when Stamford Pantomime Players was formed - just ahead of the coronation of Elizabeth II with whom they now share a 60th anniversary year.

More than 80 people gathered at the Masonic Centre in Stamford for the recent celebration.

A presentation was made to the group’s oldest living member, Daphne Jones, who is still active in the society.

Another founder member, Colin Francis, joined her in cutting a cake to mark the occasion.

The theatre group began life as Stamford Players in 1951 and the first production was staged in the town’s school room 1952.

It was a youth group at first with all the performers being under 21 years old.

The age restriction was lifted during the 1960s after productions had moved to the Exchange Hall.

Stamford Pantomime Players present a Christmas show every year and a light musical or variety show featuring younger members of the society is staged each summer.

During the early ’60s the players won awards several years running in the youth section of the Lincolnshire One-Act Play Festival.

Society chairman Tony Seamer said it was pleasing to see so many former members at the reunion, including several founder members.

Former chairman Peter Chappell said: “A lot of people in this room tonight have a lot to thank the Pantomime Players for - it was through the group that they met their husbands and wives.”

The players’ next show is Robin Hood and the Babes In The Wood which will be performed at Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre on July 13 and 14.