You shall go to the ball!

Gail Smith, of Harrowside West, South Shore, took her family by Cinderella carriages to the panto.

Gail Smith, of Harrowside West, South Shore, took her family by Cinderella carriages to the panto.

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Lucky children had their wishes granted as their grandparents hired a magical Cinderella coach to deliver them to the Christmas pantomime.

Gail and Bob Smith, of Harrowside, South Shore, take all their family, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, to Blackpool Grand Theatre’s pantomime each year as a festive treat.

The group always don fancy dress to mark the occasion – and ensure not an ‘ugly sister’ in sight.

And when they saw this year’s show was Cinderella they called upon their own fairy Godmother to deliver a carriage to transport the youngsters.

Mrs Smith, 60, said the treat was kept a surprise from the younger members of the family who couldn’t believe their luck when the horses pulled up the driveway.

She said: “The children were over the moon. Their faces when it arrived were amazing. I hope they’ll remember this for the rest of their lives, they said they couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

The 12 children, dressed as princesses and a King, enjoyed a half hour carriage ride to the theatre on Saturday afternoon.

A crowd of their parents and grandparents also joined the youngsters, aged from six months to eight years old, for the show.

Mr Smith, 72, said: “We thought we will get the two carriages to make it a Christmas treat.

“It was beautiful, the horses were all done up and the drivers had top hats on too.”

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