FOLLOWING last year's most successful Pinner Panto Evening ever, the Observer is calling on the support of residents and businesses again to ensure the popular event has the funding to go ahead in November.

For a long time, last year's Panto Evening looked liked it would be one more victim of the recession, but villagers rallied behind the firm favourite to save the night at the eleventh hour.

And as preparations get under way to plan this year's showpiece, it is important that efforts are stepped up to make sure the event does not fall by the way-side. Last year The Pinner Association paid for Christmas trees and lights around the village, and will do so again, but member Cynthia Wells hopes others will be doing their bit again to contribute to the cost.

She said: "Last year, the Panto Evening was in danger of being cancelled as the money needed to run it was very slow in coming in.

"Thanks to a campaign by the Pinner Observer, everyone, traders and residents, rallied round, and at the last minute it was saved.

"Local businesses have already been invited to contribute again this year.

"And with their support we hope this year will be an even greater success than last year."

If the cash is stumped up the panto will go ahead as usual on the last Thursday in November, where visitors can expect to see carol singing, fairground rides and fireworks, all of which have become synonymous with the event.

Businesses in the village will also be invited to decorate their shop fronts in a pantomime or Christmas theme in the annual competition, while the Mayor of Harrow will be asked to turn on the Christmas lights.

The evening has long been a highlight in Pinner's calendar and at present its future is far from guaranteed,.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Pinner Panto Evening should contact the chairman of the Panto Evening committee, Ian Archer on