SCENES from local Christmas shows will be performed in front of thousands of people at Pinner Pantomime Evening today.

Three amateur dramatic groups – the Arrow Players with Aladdin, the Argosy Players with Beauty and the Beast and the cast of Harrow Arts Centre’s community panto Dick Whittington and His Cat – will give visitors a taste of their traditional winter shows in High Street and Bridge Street at the village’s 15th annual evening of entertainment.

The event has been organised and paid for by the traders as part of their late night opening.

Ruth Boff, honorary secretary of Pinner Association, said: “People come, as you expect, to see pantomimes and there aren’t usually any, so this year three local organisations are acting scenes from their own pantos.

“It’s to raise the profile of Pinner as a shopping and service area. They get thousands of people coming if it’s a fine evening.”

The Pinner Association-funded lights on the Christmas trees in Bridge Street and High Street will be switched on at 5pm by the Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail, then families can shop and hear various school choirs and bands and local live acts, enjoy fairground rides, food and drink, including mulled wine and mince pies, interact with street entertainers and visit Santa’s Grotto, run by the Rotary Club of Pinner.

Shop staff will be taking part as ever in the themed fancy dress competition and the night will wrap up at 8.15pm with a free fireworks display in Pinner Memorial Park, Chapel Lane.

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