Pinner Pantomime Evening is a major event in the Pinner calendar, along with St George’s Day and the Pinner Village Show. This year it will take place on Thursday 28th November. The community evening, now in its 22nd year, is based around Pantomime & Character themes with this year a specially added Elton John Celebration, he was born and schooled in Pinner, embracing his autobiography “Me by Elton John”. It has developed from a Trader led self financing event (intended to signify the lead up to the festive Christmas period), to one including the whole Pinner community, with in 2018 Crowd funding added to the fund raising mix. Traders have dressed their windows and worn fancy dress in previous years.
The event takes place on the High Street, Bridge Street, Chapel Lane and Love Lane. On the night people from Pinner and the wider community enjoy musical entertainment from local schools and community groups. Charity stalls add to the fun in the High St and in Bridge St Red Lion Parade. The catering establishments in the High St provide street food on the night and some of the Traders host the visitors in their premises, providing drinks and snacks. There are two musical venues one outside David Charles in the High St & the second outside Andrew Pearce in Chapel Lane. There are rides for young children, street entertainers. The evening commences with the switching on of the Christmas tree lights at 5pm and a large firework display rounds off the evening at 8.15pm.
Brook’s bookshop is involved in the launch of the Elton John autobiography itself. The publishers of the book are also helping with sponsorship of the Pinner Pantomime Evening this year to assist with the special celebration of Elton John, who grew up in Pinner.
This year the School Choirs and Bands taking part will be encouraged to include Elton John music in their repertoires.
Young children are invited to come to the evening this year in character costumes including naturally Elton John, to add more colour and vibrancy to the event.
Participating retailers will also be encouraged to enter into the spirit of this year’s special Elton celebration by creating themed window displays with each retailer picking a song/album/decade as their theme.
The usual firework finale with its multitude of colourful rockets will this year be a fitting celebration of the Elton John autobiography “Me Elton John” aka “Rocketman”
The Pantomime committee are grateful for additional support from The Pinner Association this year, by additional participation on the Pantomime committee. They have of course always been involved in the event, in a number of ways, with Prizes for the Trader Fancy Dress competition, Christmas lights funding and stewarding.
There is still a requirement to raise funds from Traders, the business community & from Pinner people this year by crowd funding, to ensure that the event can go ahead and for next year, so there are sufficient reserves available to commence the planning in early 2020.