Big-hearted hotel saves the day

WOOD rot looked set to rob youngsters of the chance to perform their Christmas production – until a nearby hotel said the show must go on.Children at Fairfield Infants in Felixstowe were faced with all their hard work going to waste and parents with no seasonal show to see after the school hall developed problems which needed urgent attention.

WOOD rot looked set to rob youngsters of the chance to perform their Christmas production - until a nearby hotel said the show must go on.

Children at Fairfield Infants in Felixstowe were faced with all their hard work going to waste and parents with no seasonal show to see after the school hall developed problems which needed urgent attention.

As well as the need to find some alternative classrooms until the end of term, it meant no venue for the production.

But now the show has been saved after the Hotel Elizabeth Orwell in Hamilton Road offered the use of its Suffolk Suite for the dress rehearsal and performances for free.

Head teacher Jane Reed said everyone at the school was thrilled with the offer of help from the hotel.

"It's a wonderful gesture from them to allow us to use it and to charge us nothing - we are so grateful to them," she said.

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"We cannot use the school hall and back building because of the wood rot - it's not a serious problem but it is now officially a building site with the repairs going on and we cannot have children in there."

It had meant some shifting around at the school, with two small reception classes amalgamated in another room, and teachers sharing areas. The school had been assured the repairs would be complete by the new term in January.

The school's Christmas production has been written by teacher Laura Clarke and all the pupils, including youngsters in the nursery, will be taking part.

Each class has a part in the story which features a postman who goes from place to place making deliveries, meeting robins, snowmen, Father Christmas in his toy factory, and ends up visiting the stable in Bethlehem.