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Shields panto pigs help promote child safety

SAFETY FIRST ... from left, Gentoo Homes project manager Lawrence Mead with panto pigs Gareth Hunter, Kylie Ann Ford and Luke Maddison.
SAFETY FIRST ... from left, Gentoo Homes project manager Lawrence Mead with panto pigs Gareth Hunter, Kylie Ann Ford and Luke Maddison.

A TRIO of panto characters are set to help promote child safety across the region once the final curtain falls.

The Three Pigs, played by Kylie Ann Ford, Gareth Hunter and Luke Maddison, are starring in Little Red Riding Hood at the Customs House.

Construction company Gentoo has recruited the Three Little Pigs from the Customs House pantomime to help promote safety to children across the region. Gareth Hunter, Kylie Ann Ford and Luke Maddison with Gentoo Homes project manager, Lawrence Mead.

Construction company Gentoo has recruited the Three Little Pigs from the Customs House pantomime to help promote safety to children across the region. Gareth Hunter, Kylie Ann Ford and Luke Maddison with Gentoo Homes project manager, Lawrence Mead.

The trio, sponsored by the Gentoo Group, love donning their pig personas, but will be only too happy to part with their costumes when the run is finished as they’ll be going to a good cause.

Gentoo, which also has a construction and homes division, will use the three characters to help warn children of the dangers of playing on building sites.

Ray Spencer, executive director of the theatre in Mill Dam, in South Shields, who has directed and written the pantomime and is also starring in it, said: “The panto is in full swing and the pigs are firm favourites with the children.

“I’m sure they’ll help Gentoo to get their very important message across to youngsters all over the region. We’re thrilled Gentoo have shown their support for the panto and pleased the pigs have an important part to play, even when Little Red Riding Hood is over.”

Peter Walls, Gentoo Group chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be one of the sponsors of this year’s pantomime at the Customs House, it’s a great show that brings family and friends together.

“As a social business we believe it’s important to support local organisations like the Customs House, who work closely with the community.

“Thanks to this sponsorship we have been able to create some fantastic interactive school workshops using the characters from the Three Little Pigs, to educate children about site safety.”

Little Red Riding Hood, sponsored by Hays Travel, is on at the Customs House until tomorrow. Tickets start from £9.

To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.

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