Old time fun for 30th char­ity trip

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.

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