No dramas – it’s time for Val to retire

COSTUME DRAMA Val Higham with her collection of clothes.      Picture: Paul Jacobs (111150-2)
COSTUME DRAMA Val Higham with her collection of clothes. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111150-2)
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GRANDMOTHER Val Higham spent decades making hundreds of theatre costumes – but now she’s giving them all away for charity.

Val’s collection includes Friar Tuck, Tudors, princesses, kings and queens, and Aladdin.

They were made for St John’s Church drama society, in Westbourne and her house, in Stein Road, near Emsworth, is full of them.

Now the 63-year-old has retired she wants them all to go to an amateur dramatics group in return for a donation to Canine Partners or Help for Heroes.

Mrs Higham, of Stein Road, said: ‘My husband Rod got involved in amateur dramatics 35 years ago and I got involved in costume-making because I made my own wedding dress and the children’s clothes.

‘We’ve both decided we’d like to pursue other things because I spend six months in the run-up to the pantos sewing. And, of course, we’d like to reclaim our loft!’

Mrs Higham has some favourites that she will be sad to see go.

‘There are lots of very pretty, shiny costumes. But my favourite has to be Friar Tuck from Babes in the Wood. It was for a lovely chap who was very tall and thin and I had to make him a fat suit. Bless him, he got very hot in it.’

Mrs Higham’s only stipulation is that the whole lot goes together. She said: ‘I don’t want people to cherry pick. I think the collection would be perfect for a local amateur dramatics group.’

If you are interested in the costumes call 01243 375084.