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News Lily achieves panto ambition

FOR Headcorn schoolgirl Lily Abey, Christmas can’t come soon enough. Not only does it mean the usual

round of parcels and presents but, for Lily, a pupil at Sutton Valence Prep School, it also means the chance to get on stage and tread the boards in panto. Lily (nine), from New House

Lane, has been dancing with Maid- stone’s Hilton Hall DanceAcademy since shewas three. But itwas on her eighth birthday

– last year – that her fascination with pantomime really began, after a performance of Cinderella at the Hazlitt Theatre. After watching the young dancers intently, Lily (pictured) an- nounced: “I reallywant to be in the

pantomime next year.” She joined the 250-plus other children aged between eight and 16 who auditioned to be in Dick Whit- tington and was thrilled to be se- lected, particularly as she was one of the youngest. After a month of long, hard re- hearsals she performed in 11

Scout leader gets on his bike

AN assistant Scout leader is hoping to raise £1,000 for his troop when he embarks on a 100- mile cycle ride. Phil Harris, of 1st Headcorn Scouts, will be joined by three riders from San Fairy Ann cy- cling club for the London/Surrey

100 on August 10. The money he raises will go towards paying off the loan on the Scouts’ £300,000 hut.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Phil can do so at harris

shows.MumSianAbey said: “I can honestly say she was as enthusias- tic and excited with the last show as shewas with the first. Iwatched her in six of the shows and her smile and performancewas fantas- tic throughout, never faltering.” Lily, the middle child of Mrs

Abey and her husband Rohan,was one of only 20 children recently se- lected to take part in the forthcom- ing Medway panto, Aladdin, at the Central Theatre, Chatham, with TV talent show stars Twist and Pulse – but she already has her sights set even higher. Mrs Abey said: “Lily asked me ‘Mummy, do they have panto in the West End? – that’s where I want to audition next year’.” Bitten by the song and drama

POLICE have made arrests in con- nection with burglaries in Maid- stone, Headcorn and Staplehurst. A 25-year-old man from Orping-

bug, Lily now attends the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London every Saturday, while dancing every evening after school at Hilton Hall, sometimes until 8.30pm. Mrs Abey said: “She still man-

ages to fit in her schoolwork – even if it means getting up at 6.30am – but Lily just loves her dancing.” Lily’s brothers Rupert (seven)

and Jordan (15) also attend Sutton Valence School. Malcolm Gough, head of Sutton

Valence Prep School, said: “This is such an achievement for Lily, we are very pleased for her. We seem to be building a tradition of tal- ented dancers at the school. Max and Katie Harrison, who went on to the senior school are very suc- cessful ballroom dancers.”

Arrests aer burglary inquiries Keith Pimley (45), from Hackney,

tonwas arrested after cash and jew- ellery were stolen in a break-in at Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, on June 27. He was charged with bur- glary and bailed to appear at Maid- stone Magistrates’ Court.

was arrested a year after alcoholwas stolen from the George and Dragon pub in Headcorn High Street. He will appear at Maidstone Magis- trates’ Court on September 18. A19-year-old Maidstonemanwas arrested after a burglary in Marian Square, Staplehurst. He was bailed until September 16.

Maidstone South August 2014


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