| Press Release - 21 April 2008
'BY ROYAL COMMAND' - SHOWTIME AT THE BARN IS A ROARING SUCCESS
A very special variety show in aid of Stop Stansted Expansion took place at Little Easton's Barn Theatre on Saturday before a surprise 'royal' guest: HM The Queen (aka Jeanette Charles) who arrived in full regalia following an invitation from Brian and Audrey Miller of Duton Hill.
Performers in the three-hour show performed music, magic, dance and comedy for the delectation, delight and diversion of 'Her Majesty' and the appreciative audience who packed the theatre.
The evening was being staged under the auspices of Stop Stansted Expansion supporters Derek Connell, landlord of The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill, who brought his extensive and varied experience in theatre to the fore on the night as both host and performer, and Irene Jones of Broxted who had the idea for the production and brought it all together.
While the show was predominantly lighthearted and good fun, there were some serious moments such as when singer-guitarist Laura Kearns from Great Dunmow sang "I won't let them take my home from me" - a song she had written to reflect concerns about the threat from the airport expansion plans.
Show producer Irene Jones was delighted with the results: "We were overwhelmed by the talent and enthusiasm of the 17 performers who took part, all committed to the same cause, giving their time and talent so freely. Everyone had a marvellous evening and there was a wonderful atmosphere."
The event raised around £2000 for Stop Stansted Expansion's second runway fighting fund.
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091, firstname.lastname@example.org
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