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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?



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!


Get ready, Krispy Kreme is coming to Crawley

Krispy Kreme is set to open a sweet new store at County Mall, Crawley – opening at 10am on the 25th June – you dough-not want to miss it!



The store, shaped just like the iconic doughnut dozen box, will open its ‘lid’ to customers in Crawley just in time for them to get their hands on the much-loved sweet treats this summer.

To celebrate the grand opening, Krispy Kreme has planned an opening day jam-packed with fun for Crawley’s doughnut fans. To kick off the festivities, the first, second and third in line will be rewarded with extra special prizes, and to put the glazing on top, the first dozen in line will also receive exclusive Krispy Kreme goodies! 

Krispy Kreme’s very own buzz-wire will also be at the store on opening morning, giving customers the chance to win freshly baked, tasty treats… if they have a steady hand!

Bringing a ‘hole’ new look to the Krispy Kreme retail experience, the all-new box store will give Krispy Kreme fans joy-filled moments every time they visit. There will be sixteen varieties of sweet treats on offer at  the County Mall, Crawley store, from the iconic Original Glazed, to the melt-in-the-mouth Lotus Caramelised Biscoff. There’s a freshly-made treat to suit every taste bud!

Craig Evans, UK new store openings manager at Krispy Kreme, said:

”We can’t wait to meet Krispy Kreme fans at our new store at County Mall, Crawley – we know fans have been calling for a store in the area for some time, so we’re really looking forward to opening day.

“We’re all about sharing the magic at Krispy Kreme, so to celebrate the opening we’ll be dishing out hundreds of complimentary doughnuts across the local area in the lead up to the opening…shoppers and doughnut lovers, keep your eyes peeled – we will see you there!”

The new store at County Mall, Crawley is the fifth Krispy Kreme store to open its doors in 2019.

Like us on Facebook ‘Krispy Kreme UK’, follow us onTwitter@krispykremeUK & Instagram ‘KrispyKremeUK’, for more news on the upcoming opening.

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