Old King Cole is a kindly old soul

Launton Village Players in Old King Cole. Money raised from the pantos allowed them to give donations to more than 30 organisations
Launton Village Players in Old King Cole. Money raised from the pantos allowed them to give donations to more than 30 organisations

The jovial character was there on behalf of Launton Village Players and merrily handed over money raised by the talented thesps from their 2015 pantomime, Old King Cole.

The King – Miles Penhallow – was accompanied by the Dame – Rod Fine – and together they gave £200 to the town’s Food Bank.

Rod, who also wrote the show, said: “Old King Cole raised enough money for us to give away £4,700 from the profits.

“We asked the group for suggestions about where the money should go and they came up with a total of 30 organisations.”

They range from 13 local primary schools to national charities like Diabetes UK and the Launton branch of Cancer Research UK to global organisations such as Book Aid International.

Rod added: “We had fun handing over £200 to a charity we’ve been supporting since 2013 – the Bicester Food Bank.”

Food Bank spokesman Tony Cairns said: “We’re very grateful for the donation which will go to help cover our running costs – like on our van, heating and lighting.”

> A full list of donations is on the Village Players website www.launtonvillageplayers.org.uk/old-king-cole-update/