Kind-hearted Shirley’s Brid panto donation

Big Brother winner Craig Phillips and the cast of Bridlington Spa's panto Beauty and The Beast.
Big Brother winner Craig Phillips and the cast of Bridlington Spa's panto Beauty and The Beast.

A GENEROUS Bridlington woman has donated seven tickets to see Bridlington Spa’s Christmas pantomime – for any family who might have had a tough year.

Shirley Cummings usually takes her two daughters and four grandchildren, aged nine, 11, 12 and 15, to the annual Spa performance every year on December 27.

This year was supposed to be no different, and Shirley bought the seven tickets from the Spa.

However, because her daughters have to work on their traditional trip date, they could not make it to the show so Shirley asked the Spa for a refund – but was told they did not refund tickets.

“I could have just handed them back in but I’d paid for them, and they would have just been sold again, so I decided to do something else instead,” said Shirley, a former president of the Sewerby WI.

“People have been having a tough time with money being tight, so I wondered if I could donate them.

“They would make a lovely treat for a family that might have had a bit of a tough year – some people are out of work and might not be able to afford tickets on their own.

“I’d like to see them go to the most deserving person.”

This year’s Spa pantomime is Beauty and the Beast, and stars former Big Brother winner Craig Phillips alongside local favourite Lisa Kelsey, CBBC’S Simon Grant and Ian Parkin from the Jonathan Ross Show.

It runs from Tuesday December 18 through to Sunday January 6, and tickets can be purchased from the Spa Box Office on 678258.

l If you would like to nominate a family to receive the seven tickets donated by Shirley, contact the Free Press by email on newsdesk@bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk or by post at 3 Prospect Street, Bridlington, YO15 2AQ.