Star prepares for panto debut

SHE'S opened craft fairs, posted cards, drawn raffles, switched on Christmas lights, proved to be a real Star . . . and now she's starring in a panto!

SHE'S opened craft fairs, posted cards, drawn raffles, switched on Christmas lights, proved to be a real Star . . . and now she's starring in a panto!

Is there nothing loveable guide dog puppy Star cannot do?

The 17-week-old has been cast as herself in The Missing Star, which is being performed by the 1st Old Felixstowe Brownies.

The play - which is all in rhyming verse - has been written by the group's Brown Owl, Penny Parker, who is also Star's puppy walker during her first year of training to be a guide dog, the eyes of a blind or visually-impaired person.

“We do a play every year - it's great for the girls and they really enjoy it,” said Mrs Parker.

“This year is a bit different because we are including Star and the play has been written to give her a part, but everyone is having great fun and rehearsals have been going really well.”

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The play tells the tale of Jack and Jill setting off to collect decorations for the Christmas tree from all the characters from nursery rhyme and fairytale land.

However, the Wicked Witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has stolen the star, and so they have to go to Glinda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz for help - only to find they are looking for the wrong type of star.

“Instead of a star which goes on a tree, you are looking for a Star to help someone to see,” the pair are told - and off they go to find the guide dog pup.

The show will be performed at the Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road, Old Felixstowe, tomorrow at 5.30pm. Admission is £1 for adults and children free.

Proceeds are for the Evening Star Christmas appeal, and there will also be guide dog stall selling Star calendars.

Has your family been helped by the Guide Dogs - tell us your stories about this amazing charity: write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

HOW TO GET INVOLVED . . .

The aim is to raise £10,000 to help with the cost of Star's training - and we want the whole community to get involved with the appeal.

Every penny and pound will count and ensure that the little puppy get the best care and training as she is prepared to do the job of guiding someone who lives every day of their lives with the blight of blindness.

If you are organising a fundraising event for the appeal, then we want to hear so we can give it maximum publicity and help boost the amount raised.

So let us know what you are up to - get in touch with Richard Cornwell at the Felixstowe Newsdesk on 01394 284109 or the Ipswich Newsdesk on 01473 324788.

To donate to the appeal, please send cheques - made payable to the Guide Dogs - to Richard Cornwell, Evening Star, 172 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7DU.