Shell backs panto

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Members of a Buchan amateur theatrical group were delighted to receive a community award from oil giants Shell last week.

Newly-formed Hatton Amateur Theatrical Society (HATS) is busy planning an interpretation of panto favourite Cinderella to be performed at Hatton Public Hall this festive season.

After appealing to the public and local businesses for help, HATS’ members were delighted when the Shell team at the St Fergus terminal offered the £750 award to help with production costs. The money will be put towards character costumes, including gear for a panto cow as well as lighting and scenery.

HATS performer and committee member Lee Radford (45) said: “We are delighted to receive the community award in recognition of our commitment to a local community project. We have got to the stage where we have managed to get the script worked out and will be building the stage setting at the end of this month.

“It’ll be an all-hands-on-deck job within the community. In November we are going to start doing more rehearsals in the village hall. A disbanded theatrical group in Cove has also been kind enough to donate some costumes to us.”

The 20-strong group, who range in age from 11 to 65, have been rehearsing twice weekly at the Hatton Mill lounge since August but will step up the preparations over the coming months.

The group looks forward to “lifting the spirits” of Hatton villagers this Christmas.

A number of further fundraising events have been arranged for the near future. The group hopes that local folk will come out to support them.

Lee added: “Half of the tickets available for December’s performances have already sold.”

He urged those wishing to attend to get in touch. Performances are at 7.30pm on Friday December 9, a matinee at 2.30pm and evening show at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 10. Tickets are £6 (£5 concession and £4 children) and are available from August 27 by calling Michelle Beacom on 07957956403.