Last chance to nominate hero kids

Ann Micklethwaite will star as the fairy in this year's Halifax pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk
Ann Micklethwaite will star as the fairy in this year's Halifax pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk

It’s your final chance to nominate your little heroes for the Champion Children Awards 2014 and we need your help to find those youngsters who deserve a special treat this Christmas.

We’re inviting you to put forward a brave, generous, courageous or thoughtful child aged 16 or under who has gone the extra mile and deserves recognition for the amazing things they have done.

Run by the Halifax Courier Group, the awards aim to give something back to those who have helped friends, family or neighbours, courageous children who have battled adversity or illness, and those miniature heroes who have quickly sprung to action in times of crisis.

Nominated children will be invited to a glittering awards ceremony at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, on December 20, 2014, where they will be presented with an award by Calderdale’s very own Neil Hurst, before being treated to a matinee performance of the Christmas pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk.

A spokesperson from the Victoria Theatre said: “It looks to be a fun, festive and inspiring event for all involved.”

If you know a young person who is a Champion Child, please write to tell us what makes them special.

Please include the child’s name, age, address and their parent or guardian’s contact number.

Mark nominations as ‘Champion Children 2014’ and email them to felicity.macnamara@jpress.co.uk. The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 10, 2014.

Alternatively, post nominations to Champion Children 2014, Halifax Courier, Courier Buildings, King Cross Street, HX1 2SF.

The excitement of pantomime season is getting closer and this year’s show promises to be a magical experience for all the family.

Spreading some panto magic at the Victoria Theatre this year will be Yorkshire’s own Ann Micklethwaite, who plays the role of the fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk.

It will be Ann’s fourth pantomime at the theatre and she is looking forward to treading the boards in Halifax for another year.

She said: “One of the great things about panto is it is team work, both between the performers on stage and the backstage crew and between the actors and the audience so everyone feels part of it.

“It is also a changeable thing, so we work off the reactions of the audience more than in most theatrical pieces, so sometimes you don’t know exactly what will happen which keeps it fresh and exciting for everyone.”

Jack and the Beanstalk will run at the Victoria Theatre from Saturday, December 13, to January 4, 2015.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see the show - to book tickets, contact the Victoria Theatre box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk