Old time fun for 30th charity trip
AN EVENING of traditional entertainment in Peterborough has raised much-needed cash for people affected by the Chernobyl disaster.
Around 90 people, from children to those in their 90s, packed into All Saints’ Church Hall, in Park Road, to enjoy the nostalgic charm of the Old Time Christmas Extravaganza.
The event was organised by John and Rosie Sandall, from Longthorpe, Peterborough ahead of their 30th charity visit to Chernigov, in Ukraine.
It featured entertainment from well-known city entertainer John Moxon and included such music hall classics as Down At The Old Bull And Bush and The Lambeth Walk, as well the odd festive favourite.
The event raised about £900 for John and Rosie’s charity trip which will help pay for a Christmas party at a children’s sanatorium in Chernigov.
Rosie (61) expressed her gratitude for all those who helped support the event, just one of the fundraisers she and John (63) hold during the year.
She said: “We do get a lot of support from Peterborough people so we would like to thank them and say ‘happy Christmas’ from the children of Chernobyl because they would not have much of a Christmas without them.”
The couple, of Apsley Way, Longthorpe, Peterborough, will make their 30th goodwill visit to the Ukraine in January, when the country celebrates Christmas.
It is a trip they have been making twice a year for the last 15 years.
Rosie said: “It’s going to be quite emotional really. Neither of us ever thought we would go 30 times. It’s just amazing.”
In the New Year, the couple will be collecting for their next bric-a-brac sale.
It will take place on Saturday, March 31, from 10am to noon and also be held at All Saints’ Church Hall, in Park Road. Entry will be £1.
TURNING BACK THE CLOCK: John Moxon and John Lilliman with Hannah and Naomi Moxon, some of the entertainers at the Old Time Christmas Extravaganza. (METP-10-12-11DL991) Picture: DAVID LOWNDES.