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Children's charity treats youngsters to special Bournemouth variety show
HUNDREDS of youngsters enjoyed all the fun of a trip to Bournemouth Pier thanks to charity volunteers.
The annual treat is organised by children’s charity Variety for sick, disabled or underprivileged children.
Around 400 pupils from schools all across Dorset and Hampshire turned out despite the wind and rain.
After free rides at the seafront and at the end of the pier, they enjoyed a one-off variety show in the Pier Theatre, hosted by CBeebies star Chris Jarvis.
Entertainer Anthony Bygraves – whose father Max was a long-time supporter of Variety – led a sing-along with the children, while magician Andy Cadabra had them enthralled with tricks.
Chris Jarvis, who chaired Young Variety when he lived in London, joined the local committee when he moved to Bournemouth.
He said of the show: “It was great. The hard work is done by the staff of the theatre and the Variety Club volunteers and of course the biggest hurrah goes to the parents, teachers and carers for getting all those kids down to the pier every year.
“It was lovely to see the theatre absolutely full and to see the theatre in great shape.”
Frances Cornelius, who organises the event for Variety, said yesterday: “The schools have already been ringing me saying what an amazing time they’ve had.”
She thanked everyone who made the event possible – including Stanley and Debbie Reeves of S&D Leisure, for the Pier Approach rides; Lee Burden, who owns the rides on the pier; Ian Goode and the pier management for Openwide International; seafront officers Noel Oliver and Mark Duff; and volunteers from 4Com, Asda and Tesco. Three police officers were also on hand to help.
“It was a great success,” said Frances.
“All the children had a fantastic time and that’s what we do it for.
“It makes you feel very humble when you see all these children. We bring some fun into the lives of some children that don’t normally have such fun.”
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