Burgess Hill family love goosing around

Norma and Amy Somerville Right) and Cidney Wilson and Liz Batten (left). Norma played Mother Goose 50 years ago and Liz played Fairy. Norma is Amy's grandmother and Liz is grandmother to Cidney. photo courtesy of Studio 93. SUS-150601-100409001
Norma and Amy Somerville Right) and Cidney Wilson and Liz Batten (left). Norma played Mother Goose 50 years ago and Liz played Fairy. Norma is Amy's grandmother and Liz is grandmother to Cidney. photo courtesy of Studio 93. SUS-150601-100409001
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It was 1968 when Norma Somerville first tread the boards in Burgess Hill Theatre Club’s inaugural production of Mother Goose.

Now 47 years later her granddaughter Amy will be keeping up the family tradition when she stars as the fairy in this year’s panto.

The latest production will be the 50th year of panto for the club, formed 60 years ago.

Norma, 78, from Burgess Hill, said: “I was in more than 40 pantomimes, and all my family have been it at one time or another.

“The people in the town still love their panto, and often stop to talk to me about it.”

“That first Mother Goose I was in was fantastic.

“We had to move from the Park Centre where we had been rehearsing because there was a fire there.

“They forgot to put the heating on at Oakmeeds School and it was freezing. I was well wrapped up as the Goose and I think I was the only warm one.”

Pictured with Norma and Amy are long-standing club member Liz Batten and her grand-daughter Cidney Wilson, who is also in the panto. (Pic courtesy Studio 93.)

Tickets for Mother Goose”at the Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill, are available from the box office at the club’s theatre in Church Walk.