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Blaze doesn't dampen school's drama

PUBLISHED: 11:35 29 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

YOUNGSTERS from St Joseph's College have raised £190 for the Ipswich Hospital League of Friends (IHLF) through a magical drama production.

The pupils, aged five to seven, are all part of the Ipswich college's junior school.

YOUNGSTERS from St Joseph's College have raised £190 for the Ipswich Hospital League of Friends (IHLF) through a magical drama production.

The pupils, aged five to seven, are all part of the Ipswich college's junior school.

They raised the money by staging their Christmas musical, The Faraway Tree, written for them by music teacher Jean Weale and her husband Simon.

The production was dealt a serious blow when vital staging equipment was damaged by fire just days before the first performance – but staff and pupils were determined to carry on with the show.

The blaze, described by firefighters as "suspicious", broke out in an outbuilding which was used as a wood and cleaning store.

None of the buildings used by pupils were affected.

Fortunately, the elves and fairies' costumes were all in the music block, so they were not damaged – and the Faraway Tree itself, a vital part of the play, was already safely in place on the stage.

St Joseph's College staged several festive productions at the end of the Christmas term which were enjoyed by parents and friends.


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