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It’s a Virgin panto…oh no it’s not!

Actually it’s the third year running that Virgin has put on a Christmas panto for charity, and this year it was worthy of the West End…or it that Southend?

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Ah we jest!

It was a belly laughing, rip roaring, side splitting thirty minutes of hilarity all courtesy of the staff at Virgin.

Katie Squires as Virginia Atlantic and Luke Day as Buttons

Whilst many of the jokes were very much internal airline jokes they took nothing away from the enjoyment of the performance.

Don Langford as Ronald Flump and Nigel Offord as Bee A

Even senior management came onboard with an appearance as well from the CEO just before he retires.

CEO Craig Kreeger as Prince Charming

With all the usual motley crew you would imagine in a panto the Virgin ‘guys and gals’ certainly knew how to create a fabulous atmosphere.

Pat Dunning as Aira France and Teja Bains as KayLM

What better way could they have to raise money and give only the best entertainment you would expect from Virgin?

Jayne Roscoe as Fairy Godmother – Fairee Nuff

Alas though this isn’t a show you can get tickets for.  The only two performance played to packed audiences, but perhaps next year they can be persuaded to extend the run and maybe, just maybe allow some outsiders in?

For every company Christmas is a time when they like to show the festive spirit in different ways and this panto doesn’t just give laughs while raising money it shows that they actually think deeply about the culture and family that is Virgin.

(R-L) Lisa Redfern and Sally Williams

Lisa Redfern and Sally Williams who are both recruitment advisors at Virgin organised and wrote the panto.

They said:

“The panto came from the people team as an idea for charity.

It’s the third year now, the biggest fund raiser and it makes a lot of people laugh and brings them all together.

We did auditions the first year but now when we write the script we have people in mind for the parts and we are very lucky that people are willing to take part from the people team and some from the leadership.”

Justine Mercer as Ness/Daves Coaches

I’m not going to lie but if you ever needed a more convincing example of how much fun it is to work at this organisation then just take a good look through these photos.

Pat Dunning, Magen Gamble, Katie Squires and Teja Bains.

What better way could you start the final week before Christmas?

Well done to all!

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B&M to open on 13th April in County Mall Crawley and there are jobs available!

It will be the second B&M store for the town and will open in the former BHS site.

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It will certainly be a welcome boost to the local economy as a brand new store opens in the town.

Opening at 9am on Saturday 13th April, more than 50 jobs are being created.

A spokesperson from B&M said:

“We’re feeling really positive about the creation of more jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.

“We are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door in the a few weeks.”

Job roles are now advertised on the B&M careers website and range from sales assistant, to floor managers and cleaners.

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