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SMILING Clare Manuel got to the meet the cast of one of the city's most successful pantomimes after winning a raffle competition.

Mrs Manuel rubbed shoulders with actors Britt Ekland and Richard Stride from Jack & The Beanstalk, which was running at The Kings Theatre in Southsea and ended on Sunday.

Mrs Manuel was the winner of a raffle that was held to raise money for Help For Heroes in memory of Royal Marine Richard Hollington.

Mr Hollington's family, from Petersfield, took part in the charity evening at Church of the Resurrection in Drayton.

The event raised 3,344 for the charity.

As well as offering ticket prizes for the raffle, the theatre helped by giving seats to soldiers who had been serving in Afghanistan.

Sandra Smith, publicity manager at The Kings, said: 'It was just a nice thing to help families forget about their worries and have some family time and a bit of escapism.

'The cast were very much in favour of it.'

The pantomime has broken box office records for the theatre.