Young actors in Jubilee dream

Mia Ratcliffe, Charlotte Whitfield, Annabel Newland, Josef Whitfield, Esme Calton-Reddit, Naomi Shaw & Chloe Astbury-Fortey.
Mia Ratcliffe, Charlotte Whitfield, Annabel Newland, Josef Whitfield, Esme Calton-Reddit, Naomi Shaw & Chloe Astbury-Fortey.
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Villagers have been getting theatrical in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

Bonsall residents put on their own production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of their Jubilee Jamboree.

Youngsters from Bonsall Primary School, in Church Street, dressed up and put on the show, which was directed by Finn Shannon.

The celebrations not only marked Her Majesty’s 60th year on the throne, but also the Olympics.

To the delight of the audience, the production featured live music and choreography by musical director, Jo Shannon.

Head teacher, Lesley Murhall, said: “With all the Jubilee celebrations and the cultural Olympics taking place, this year seemed to be the perfect time to try our hand at the play.

“The year 5/6 were all brilliant – the acting was first rate and the children got so much out of the experience”

Local photographer Ian Daisley took a picture of the village, and people were then lead to the school to listen to music from a brass band.

St James’ Church, in Church Street, put on a bell ringing display and led tours up the tower, while the Mothers Union organised Pimms in the rectory room and the school’s infant class sang.

The choir sang in the church and musicians played recorders and clarinet.

A Jubilee oak tree was planted by Nancy Johnson, who was a pupil at the school and long serving dinner lady, with the help of the youngest children in the school – Chloe and Sophie Poplar.