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Charity more than a match for rival fans

PUBLISHED: 01:04 12 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:32 03 March 2010

WEST Side Story comes to East Anglia was how a special fundraising panto was billed.

But what chance the simmering rivalries between Ipswich Town's Tractor Boys and Norwich City's Canaries be stilled?

Plenty, it would seem, from the Ipswich production by staff and volunteers from the Out and About charity, who put on a show at Holywells High School called simply the Tractor Boys versus the Canaries.

WEST Side Story comes to East Anglia was how a special fundraising panto was billed.

But what chance the simmering rivalries between Ipswich Town's Tractor Boys and Norwich City's Canaries be stilled?

Plenty, it would seem, from the Ipswich production by staff and volunteers from the Out and About charity, who put on a show at Holywells High School called simply the Tractor Boys versus the Canaries.

Everyone ends up a winner in the show that sends out the message everyone can be friends, no matter what their differences.

Producer Fiona Williams told the Star that the proceeds of the show would go towards the Old Norwich Road-based charity which helps disabled youngsters from the ages of five to 19 realise their ambitions in their leisure pursuits.

"It's a really untraditional pantomime – firstly because its in March," she quipped. "Even though we've only been rehearsing since just before Christmas everyone more or less knows their lines. And if they haven't they've got them hidden around the stage!

"We've all had great fun doing it," she said.

The show was written by one of Out and About's volunteers, 22-year-old Abi Rodwell, who is a teaching assistant at Westbourne High School.

And the show contained one particular treat – chief executive David Renton in his full glory as the evil queen!


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