THIS year it was not possible to have our usual Cheriton Fitzpaine Drama Club Pantomime as the Hall was to be re-floored.

Instead, the Club organised a Variety Show, directed by Vicky Lancelles, who, 27 years ago, was a nervous little girl in the Panto, and is now an assured young lady.

We were treated to confident performances from nine-year-old Grace Manns on the keyboard, and then eight-year-old Bee Sandover singing.

Mary Nunn confided in the audience, on "Getting Old", and QE student, Thora Cliffe-Duffield sang us a folk song.

David Simms, who is a very professional keyboard player, led us in some Cliff Richard numbers, and had most of the audience swaying in time to the music.  (The bar had been open since before the show!)

During the interval, a magnificent raffle, organised by Brenda Fowler, was announced by our suave MC, Chris Howe.

In the second half, we had folk music from Hazel and Paul from Crediton before different comedy sketches written and acted by members of the Drama Club.

The evening ended with a more serious note, when Geoff Burchmore read some famous speeches from William Shakespeare.

Thanks go to all who took part in the concert, the backstage boys, the Parish Hall Committee for running the bar and last of all, an enthusiastic and co-operative audience.

Monies raised will go to the Drama Club and to the Parish Hall Floor project.

Mary Nunn