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Bridport Kids Will See Panto After All


12:02am 3rd February 2013
(Updated 9:38am 4th February 2013)

Pupils from Schools in Bridport have narrowly escaped major pantomime disappointment.

Every year youngsters take part in an annual panto at the Electric Palace.

But this year, they hit a roadblock when Dorset County Council said they wouldn't license the children to take part because they should be in class.

Angry parents and organisers lobbied County Hall who've now agreed to fast track the paperwork so the show can go on.

Teresa Grinter teaches the children taking part, she told Wessex FM they understand it's important to keep the children safe but it's a little over the top; "The forms we've been asked to fill in are really for children going off to do modelling or act in big movies. The Council has been helpful rushing through licenses, but it's an awful lot of extra work and has delayed production. Some children who can't provide the necessary ID's required will unfortunately miss the show now".

Helen Cheleda, Dorset County Council's business support and development manager for children's services, said;
"As it stands, if a show or rehearsal is due to take place during the school day, then the organiser must apply for a licence for every child that is due to take part in that particular performance and any other show as part of the production. This is a legal requirement.

"However, we have spoken with the The Lyric School of Dancing and have assured them that, if they can get the applications emailed to us as soon as possible, we will process them as a matter of urgency, so that the Thursday (7 Feb) matinee performance can go ahead as planned."

The Panto's first show is on Wednesday 6th Feburary.

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