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Watch: Jack and the Beanstalk cast bring panto cheer to Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

There was magic in the air at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children today as young patients got a big Christmas surprise.

Cast members of the Grand Opera House’s festive play Jack and the Beanstalk, visited the hospital dressed in character to spread some Christmas cheer.

The stars, including the iconic May McFettridge, took time out of rehearsals to drop into wards, chatting to the children who will likely be in hospital over Christmas, and to pose for photos with the hardworking teams of doctors and nurses.

Presents for the children were donated by pantomime sponsor Dale Farm, along with lots of ice cream.

May McFettridge, who plays Dame May Trot, now in her 29th year in pantomime said: “I can’t imagine how hard it must be for children and their families who will spend Christmas in hospital and we hope our visit today made them smile and brightened their day.

"Visiting the hospital was such a humbling experience, seeing the great work of the staff as well as the bravery of the kids and their parents. Please, if you can support this wonderful hospital, don’t forget to donate this Christmas!”

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