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Weekend Picks: Beauty and the Beast

Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering: This weekend until January 2nd 2017

A fun-filled family event featuring a range of household names, set to get you in the mood for Christmas. The Kettering Lighthouse promises their production of Beauty and the Beast to be a 'rip roaring Beast of a Panto' adventure.

Join star of Eastenders, Cheryl Ferguson as she takes to the stage as Malevolent with the hilarious Potty Pierre played by Mark Pearce. They are joined by Lucie Downer as Beauty, Claire Rickard as Fairy Formidable and Kettering’s 'favourite' panto dame Michael Neilson playing Dame Dotty.

It follows the success of last year's Jack and the Beanstalk and promises you an epic Panto that will make your family Christmas complete - Oh yes it does! For performance times readmore.

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Police continue search for missing prisoner

Police are continuing their search for a missing prisoner in Derbyshire. 65 year old Phillip Willis, who is serving a sentence for arson was released from Sudbury Prison on temporary licence earlier this week but failed to reach his destination.

He's said to have links to the Kettering and peterborough areas. Anyone who sees Willis or who knows where he is should ring the police on 101, quoting Derbyshire incident number 963 of December 6.

Lindsay Lohan apologises to the people of Kettering

Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has apologised to residents in Kettering after being unable to attend the annual Christmas lights switch-on event.

She originally pledged to turn on the town's lights after implying earlier this year on her twitter that nobody had heard of the place.

But the Borough Council said although they were in touch with her management, they had failed to respond further to the invitation.

The Mean Girls star tweeted a video apologising for not being able to make it due to her "busy schedule" but wished everyone a "Happy holidays!".

It would have been wonderful if Lindsay could have joined us this evening but sadly her other commitments made this impossible.

However, we appreciate how hard she and her team tried to make this work and we were delighted to get a video message wishing us well.

– Kettering Borough Council chief executive David Cook

Kettering's Christmas lights switch goes ahead - without Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan had said she would attend Credit: PA

The annual Christmas lights switch-on event will take place in Kettering tonight - but it looks unlikely that Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan will be the guest of honour, as originally hoped.

The star had originally pledged to turn on the town's lights after residents objected to a tweet she had written about Kettering on the the night of the referendum.

But the Borough Council says that although it is still in touch with Lindsay's management, they have lined up Eastenders star Cheryl Fergison to do the honours tonight.

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