PANTO costumes from across the decades are on display at Keighley's Cliffe Castle Museum.

Keighley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, or the Musical Theatre Company as it's now known, is performing a pantomime at the town's Victoria Hall later this month.

But memories of productions from 'yesteryear' – spanning the 1970s, 80s and 90s – are evoked through the exhibition at the Spring Gardens Lane museum.

It was during those years that Barbara Boothroyd was playing principal girl, and later principal boy.

She used to make all her own costumes, and nine are now on display – and will remain in place until the spring.

The garments range from the leather tunics of Dick Whittington, Robin Hood and Jack – of beanstalk fame – to military-type costumes from the sea captain in Robinson Crusoe to Captain Paul, the soldier in Humpty Dumpty.

There is also the iconic gingham dress of Goody Two Shoes, complete with red shoes, and a variety of sparkling costumes donned by Prince Charming in Cinderella.

The display also features original programmes from the pantomimes and pencil drawings which Barbara sketched before making the costumes.

Barbara began performing the principal girl roles in 1975 – playing Princess So Shi in Aladdin, followed by Princess Marigold in Puss in Boots, Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington and finally Goody Two Shoes.

She then moved on to playing the lead role of principal boy in 1979, as Humpty Dumpty's Captain Paul, before appearing in most other principal boy roles.

Barbara says the leather tunics now on display were made from old leather coats, or chamois leathers bought at the supermarket!

And the sparkly costumes were produced from remnants, sequins and feathers bought at Keighley Market.

Barbara says she is "delighted" with the exhibition.

She adds: "It has brought back a lot of happy memories for me and I hope it will do the same for others, especially fellow members of the casts and maybe the audiences too who loyally supported us every year.

"I am very grateful to Heather Millard, the community curator for Bradford Museums and Galleries, who put it all together and did a great job!"

The display is on the first floor of Cliffe Castle Museum, which is open from 10am to 4pm weekdays – except Mondays – and from 11am to 4pm at weekends.

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