Giant beanstalk carried through Wolverhampton city centre

A 50ft beanstalk was carried through the streets of Wolverhampton city centre today as part of preparations for this year’s pantomime at the Grand Theatre.

Ten staff from the art gallery and theatre transported the beanstalk, made of rope, foam and glitter, from its holding place at the gallery to the Grand, where it will be on display around the main stairwell throughout the run of the annual pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk.

Youngsters from schools around the city helped to create the artwork including pupils from Highfields School in Penn, Merridale Primary School, Field View Primary School, East Park Primary School and Stow Heath School.

A drop-in session at the art gallery was also held while an adult group, Gender Matters which is based in Tettenhall also got involved.

Grand Theatre spokeswoman Vicky Price said: “Over the next couple of days gallery staff will work inside the theatre to arrange the beanstalk ready for the public to view from Saturday when the pantomime opens.”

This year’s pantomime features Loose Women presenter and former Coronation Street star Sherrie Hewson who turned on the Christmas lights in Wolverhampton last month.

She will be taking to the stage along with her former co-star Ken Morley and ventriloquist Keith Harris as well as former Midlands X Factor star Niki Evans.

Youngsters have also been able to take part in a competition to design Jack and the Beanstalk themed mural which will also go on show at the venue.

The pantomime runs until January 20.