He can’t be such a meanie if he’s handing out humbugs!

Chris Birch in costume for a one-man production of A Christmas Carol.'111205M-A116
Chris Birch in costume for a one-man production of A Christmas Carol.'111205M-A116

BAH, humbug! Buckingham businessman Chris Birch says he will be handing out mint humbugs at the Buckingham Parade tomorrow, Saturday, to anyone who can quote him lines from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Chris, who will be taking part in the parade dressed as Ebenezer Scrooge, is busy learning his lines for his production of A Christmas Carol, at Buckingham Community Centre next weekend.

He told the Advertiser he has more than 16,500 words to learn, for the one-man version of the show, abridged by well-known actor Patrick Stewart.

Buckingham residents have rallied to offer their time to help Chris stage the production, in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

“Many local businesses have either sponsored or helped me promote the event,” said Chris, whose father suffers from Parkinson’s. “I have also tried where possible to use local companies to provide materials for the production.

“Production costs have been covered by sponsorship, so for each ticket sold all the money is going directly towards Parkinson’s UK.”

The show is on Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 from www.oxboffice.com or 0845 680 1926 or The Duke’s Music on Market Hill.

Parkinson’s UK will also be selling tickets at its stall in the community centre on Saturday, along with Christmas gifts.

Chris’s mum, Lavinia, is making mulled wine and mince pies for sale on the night, and there will be a raffle with prizes donated by local companies and friends.

If you would like to donate a prize, call Chris on 07973 287751.