A COUPLE travelled more than 3,600 miles to see the first-ever pantomime written by residents of their home village.
Michael and Nancy Perry jetted from their home in Canada to see Dick Wallington, a pantomime written by the residents of Wallington.
Michael, who left Fareham 62 years ago, aged 10, and Nancy, his Canadian wife, came from their home in New Brunswick to visit friends and were delighted to catch the Saturday evening performance.
A cast and backstage team of more than 60 villagers produced the pantomime, which was declared a success with scores of people going to three performances over two days on Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20.
Residents Tracey Clarke and Sue Morse came up with the panto idea while sitting on a bench put up by the Wallington Village Community Association in memory of Michael’s parents, who played a key role in founding the association.
The pantomime was produced by Mrs Morse and Mrs Clarke and directed by Di Lockyer and Lesley Knapman, all from Wallington.
Mrs Morse said: ‘The homes of Dick and the dame are threatened by flooding because the baddie wants to build a castle on land close to the river.
‘Thanks to the cat of local boy Dick, the rat-infested tower of power is cleared of rats. In recognition of their success, Dick is made mayor with all the power and influence.’
Association chairman James Clark said: ‘I am thrilled with this event which has enthused and involved so many of all ages in the village.
‘It is just what we need in order to rekindle the spirit of those who, 35 years ago, had the foresight to set up the association, ensure a village hall was built and establish a conservation area in Wallington.
‘Michael’s father, John, together with other residents established clubs and societies, many of which continue to thrive today.
‘We thank Nancy and Michael for their outstanding effort in crossing the Atlantic to support us and believe John would be delighted with this new seasonal innovation.’