Fun during a chilly winter 20 years ago

Horsham School of Dancing 1997

Horsham School of Dancing 1997

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It may have been a bit chilly but that didn’t stop members of the Manor Theatre Group hitting the streets in January 1997 to promote their panto, Babes in the Wood.

In the tradition of all good pantos, this telling of the rather depressing old story was something of a muddle and included characters from other tales.

Babes in the Wood 1997

Babes in the Wood 1997

Alongside 10-year-old Tom Champion and Lucy Swaffer, 7, as the ‘babes’, were Samantha Bourne as Maid Marion and Roger Kidd as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

This selection of pictures was published in the County Times on January 10 1997 – and one of them had clearly been left over from Christmas. It showed the tots of Millais Day Nursery performing their nativity play for the 60 proud parents and grandparents who watched them with pride.

It’s hard to believe the little angels in the picture are now in their 20s!

Over at The Weald school, the theme was repetition as youngsters raised money for the County Times Children’s Christmas Appeal . They bounced on pogo sticks, played 100 notes on a trumpet, attempted 100 sums in a minute and even raced to pick up 100 pieces of litter.

Millais Day Nursery 1997

Millais Day Nursery 1997

There was more fundraising at the Horsham School of Dance, where the children raised £430.88 by showing off their talents in a dance display at the Holbrook Youth Centre.

Our final picture was published as a look back at a rather special moment from 1996. It showed the men of Horsham FC celebrating their first major triumph for two decades – the Division 3 title and, of course, promotion!

Do you recognise anyone in these pictures?

Weald School 1997

Weald School 1997

Horsham FC 1997

Horsham FC 1997