The firefighters of Henley became unlikely pantomime stars last night, at the thirteenth performance of the Living Advent Calendar.
In a charming show featuring, rather bizarrely, a green dragon and Scrooge clad in blue-and-white pyjamas and a nightcap, the brigade threw gold chocolate coins into the audience after asking for ‘the poor in Henley’ to step forward. Inevitably, this raised a few laughs.
The CookCurry Club – a family-run start-up business that produces home-cooked food for dinner parties and takeaways – served steaming pots of turka dal and pakoras to the hungry crowd. Look out for The CookCurry Club in Henley in January.
After the performance in the forecourt, firefighters handed out fire safety storybooks and smoke-alarm testers, while the rest of the brigade showed people around the station. Children – and plenty of adults – took turns to look inside the fire trucks.
There were four raffle prizes including a meal at The Three Tuns provided by The Head Partnership, a bottle of champagne donated by Berkshire Mini Centre and Greys Green Farm, and two bottles of wine from the town’s Mayor.
Tonight’s event will take place in the Market Place at 6.15pm.