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Wolverhampton panto stars Richard Cadell and Sooty open Dudley Zoo grotto - with pictures and video

By Megan Archer | Attractions | Published:

Christmas is officially coming to the Black Country thanks to the launch of Dudley Zoo's annual festive grotto.

Pic at Dudley Zoo at the launch of the Christmas Grotto, Santa (Barry Brettle) was joined by Sooty and Richard Cadell from the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Panto. Joined be Elves: Lauren Westwood and Charlotte Burrows and Blizzard the reindeer

Wolverhampton panto stars mingled with staff at the zoo and castle to celebrate the seasonal attraction opening last week.

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Wolverhampton panto stars Richard Cadell and Sooty open Dudley Zoo grotto

A star appearance was made by Richard Cadell and Sooty, to help Father Christmas open the grotto and greet excited guests.

Debbie McGee, Richard Cadell, Sooty and more have all made their way to Wolverhampton as rehearsals begin for the Grand Theatre’s upcoming pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

TV, radio and stage performer Debbie stars as the Lovely Fairy Crystal, with Richard as Muddles the Jester.

They are joined by Doreen Tipton as the Nurse, Ian Adams as Queen Wilhelmina, Julie Paton as Carabosse, Oliver Ormson as Prince Harry and Bethan-Wyn Davies as Princess Beauty.

Santa (Barry Brettle) with Sooty and Richard Cadell from the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Panto for the laucnh of Dudley Zoo's Christmas grotto

Sleeping Beauty runs at the theatre from December 8 to January 13.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Deputy Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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