The iconic Pinner Pantomime Evening is coming back next month for its 22nd year in the village centre – and Elton John fans in particular may want to prepare themselves.
The community evening, which is on Thursday, November 28, is based around pantomime and character themes, and this year will be orientated around an Elton John celebration, due to the release of his new autobiography, Me. Elton was born and schooled in Pinner, and Brook’s bookshop in Pinner is involved in the launch of the autobiography itself.
Over the years, Pinner Panto has blossomed from from a trader led, self-financing pre-Christmas event, to one including the whole Pinner community – last year, crowdfunding helped get the event up and running.
The event takes place on the High Street, Bridge Street, Chapel Lane and Love Lane.
On the night, people from Pinner and the wider community enjoy musical entertainment from local schools and community groups.
Charity stalls add to the fun in the High Street and in Bridge St Red Lion Parade.
The catering establishments in the High Street provide street food on the night and some of the traders host the visitors in their premises, providing drinks and snacks.
There are two musical venues; one outside David Charles in the High Street and the second outside Andrew Pearce in Chapel Lane.
The event begins with the switching on of the Christmas tree lights at 5pm and a large firework display rounds off the evening at 8.15pm.
This year the school choirs and bands taking part will be encouraged to include Elton John music in their repertoires, while young children are invited to go along in character costumes to add more colour and vibrancy to the event.
Participating retailers will also be encouraged to enter into the spirit of this year’s special Elton celebration by creating themed window displays, with each retailer picking a song/album/decade as their theme.
The usual firework finale, with its multitude of colourful rockets, will this year be a fitting celebration of the autobiography.
There is still a requirement to raise funds from traders, the business community and from Pinner people this year by crowdfunding, to ensure that the event can go ahead and for next year, so there are sufficient reserves available for the planning in early 2020.
For up to date information on the event visit pinnerpanto.co.uk
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