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Juniors help fire-hit school

PUBLISHED: 21:30 16 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

FIRE may have destroyed their costumes but the show will still go on for a young cast at Handford Hall Primary school thanks to the Co-op Juniors.

The Evening Star stepped in when we learnt that the primary school's production of the Rocky Monster Show was in jeopardy.

FIRE may have destroyed their costumes but the show will still go on for a young cast at Handford Hall Primary school thanks to the Co-op Juniors.

The Evening Star stepped in when we learnt that the primary school's production of the Rocky Monster Show was in jeopardy.

Pre-teen firebugs are thought to have been behind Tuesday night's blaze to the annex that stored the outfits causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

We contacted the Co-op Juniors costume department, which has pledged to open its wardrobe doors to the youngsters, providing a range of outfits for the show including that of a mad scientist.

Costume head Fiona Gostling said: "An arson attack is such a terrible thing to happen. Our sympathies go out to them. We usually charge for costume hire but in this case we are prepared to waive the fee."

As well as losing the wardrobe for the current production to flames, 15 years worth of hard work including outfits for Jack and the Beanstalk, Sweeney Todd and Joseph and his Techni-coloured Dream Coat also went up in smoke.

Costume maker Jane Reeves said: "After the fire, this is a dream come true. Thank you so much to the Co-op and to the Evening Star for stepping in. This has saved me from a summer on the sewing machine."

But on a sombre note Mrs Reeves, who works as a teaching assistant at the Gatacre Road school, was devastated at the loss of the school's wardrobe.

She said: "It's the memories from all the production's over the years that we have lost. I have just been out to see the costumes that are left. None of them are saveable and they are incredibly smelly."

She said that while kindness had saved the current production, future performances would face difficulties.

She said: "Who knows what will happen in the future? We have lost a great, irreplaceable, resource."

Any handiwork helpers who would like to help rebuild the wardrobe can contact Jane at the school on 01473 251603.


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