PANTO arrived back in Workington earlier this week providing a wonderful night of laughs and entertainment at Cinderella.

The Workington & District Amateur Musical Society arrived back on stage with a bang, after a forced hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The performance was the 60th anniversary pantomime for the society and hopefully there will be another 60 years to come.

Although the cast was slightly smaller than usual the whole stage was filled with laughter and song from start to finish.

It was fantastic to once again see the faces of smiling children in the theatre as Buttons played by Shirley Mclean as they laughed and screamed 'Buttons' at the top of their lungs.

Georgia Hunter and Emily Houghton played the leads of Cinderella and Prince Charming, lighting up the stage with a plethora of songs including As long as you love me and How will I know.

The crowd were at many times in uproar at the performances of Ugly sisters Aldi and Lidl who lit up the stage with humour and wit throughout the show with their fabulous one liners.

The comedy was perfect for the audience with adults and children both laughing along as they made many references to out local area- there was even a nod to the Times and Star.

All of the actors from the leading ladies to members of the chorus were fabulous- every member of the cast gave outstanding performances especially in the renditions of 'I'm still standing' and 'Shut up & Raise your glass' that had the whole audience dancing and singing along from their seats.

Joan Wright, President of the society said: "It has been such a difficult time and even though we might not be out of the woods yet I really hope that the Pantomime spreads a little joy to you all."

And this it did, the joy on people's faces in the audience was only topped by that of the actors on stage, with their happiness to be back doing what they are best at visible throughout.

The pantomime will run until December 30, tickets can still be bough from the Carnegie Box Office.