Northern Ireland

May McFettridge anniversary: 25 years in pantomime in Belfast

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Image caption A bust has been unveiled in Belfast's Grand Opera House to mark May's 25th year in panto

Northern Ireland's panto dame May McFettridge is celebrating 25 years starring in pantomimes in Belfast's Grand Opera House.

May has appeared alongside a range of stars including Jimmy Cricket, Su Pollard, Linda Nolan, Aston Merrygold, Britt Ekland and Lisa Riley.

To mark the anniversary, BBC News NI has put together an archive of posters from the pantomimes.

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Media captionMay McFettridge spoke to BBC Newsline's Donna Traynor about her memories of performing at the Grand Opera House

Four of the posters, from 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1995, are missing.

If you can help complete the collection please get in touch using the details at the bottom of the page.

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Image caption (1990) May's first panto was Robinson Crusoe in which she starred alongside the comedian Jimmy Cricket and local personality John Daly
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Image caption (1991) The panto that never happened! In December 1991 the Grand Opera House was badly damaged by an IRA bomb and this show was cancelled. Tom O'Connor and May McFettridge put on a smaller show in a nearby hotel
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Image caption (1992) Irish Eurovision winner Dana took on the lead in Snow White and the seven dwarfs alongside Barnaby who took on the role of Muddles.
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Image caption (1993) Comedian Jimmy Cricket had top billing in Jack and the Beanstalk. Jimmy and May also appeared alongside Downtown Radio presenter Candy Devine
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Image caption (1994) Scottish actor Andy Gray appeared in Dick Wittington at the Grand Opera House in Belfast alongside May and singer Peter Corry
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Image caption (1995) Neighbours' star Anne Charleston, who is best known for playing Madge Bishop in the Australian soap, starred at the genie in Aladdin alongside Rod Hull and Emu.
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Image caption (1996) May was joined by Briony McRoberts who played Sam Hagen in STV's Take the High Road, Disney presenter Paul Hendy, illusionist Richard De Vere and his trusty St Bernard Schnorbitz and UTV's Julian Simmons
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Image caption (1997) Jack and the Beanstalk had one of the most star-studded casts in the panto's history with Su Pollard from Hi-de-Hi taking on the lead role of Jack. She was joined by David Griffin from Keeping Up Appearances and Scorpio from The Gladiators. There were also appearances from Zippy, George and Bungle from Rainbow
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Image caption (1998) Cannon and Ball topped the bill in Cinderella in 1998. Postman Pat also made an appearance alongside UTV's Pamela Ballantine as the Fairy Godmother.
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Image caption (1999) UK Eurovision contestant Sonia took the lead role of Peter in Peter Pan in 1999. She joined May alongside Ray Meagher who is best known for playing Alf Stewart in Australian soap Home and Away.
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Image caption (2000) Swedish Bond girl Britt Ekland, who is best known for appearing in the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun, joined the cast of Snow White in 2000. Figure skating star Robin Cousins also appeared in the show before going on to become a judge on Dancing on Ice.
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Image caption (2001) Actress Lisa Riley, best known for playing Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale before going on to wow audiences in Strictly Come Dancing, took on the role of the genie in Aladdin. Clive Webb and Danny Adams were also introduced to the Belfast crowds during this show.
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Image caption (2002) Scott Wright, who was best known for playing Sam in Coronation Street, joined the case of Cinderella alongside May McFettridge and one of TV's favourite bears Sooty, from Sooty and Sweep.
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Image caption (2003) After Dirty Den was dragged from a river in Eastenders audiences in Belfast were surprised to see actor Leslie Grantham turn up in this panto. He played the role of Dirty Rat alongside the character of May
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Image caption (2004) Australian actor Dan Paris, who was best known for playing Drew Kirk in the soap Neighbours, topped the bill in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2004. Drew died when he fell from a horse in Neighbours so there were a few worried looks when he started climbing that beanstalk!
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Image caption (2005) She's in the mood for dancing! Linda Nolan, one of the famous Nolan Sisters, joined May in 2005 when she played the Wicked Queen. TV presenter Eamonn Holmes also made a special appearance as the man in the mirror.
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Image caption (2006) Jack Ellis, best known for his portrayal of villainous prison officer Jim Fenner in Bad Girls, was used to dealing with tough old birds but he hadn't met anyone like May! They were also joined by CITV presenter Aston Merrygold who went on to join the hugely successful boyband JLS.
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Image caption (2007) May McFettridge was top billing in 2007 in Cinderella with the role of Fairy Godmother. She starred alongside Patrick Harvey who played Conor in Neighbours.
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Image caption (2008) Olivia Nash who is known for playing Ma in the comedy Give My Head Peace took on the role of Demoness Vanity in the panto in 2008. A boyband called BT4 was also formed to take part in the show and they played May's sons.
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Image caption (2009) Things got very technical in 2009 when the Grand Opera House hosted its first ever 3D panto. Audience members were given special 3D glasses in order to see the genie.
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Image caption (2010) Lesley Joseph, best known for playing Dorien Green in the hit TV show Birds of a Feather, joined the cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as the Wicked Queen. She joined May alongside Aidan O'Neill and Paddy Jenkins.
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Image caption (2011) May McFettridge was joined by Paddy Jenkins from Give My Head Peace and Aidan O'Neill from Dancing Shows for Jack and the Beanstalk in 2011.
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Image caption (2012) Boom boom! TV's favourite fox Basil Brush joined May for Cinderella in 2012. Jayne Wisener from the film, Sweeney Todd, and TV series The Inbetweeners took on the lead role of Cinderella.
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Image caption (2013) Emmerdale actress Lorraine Chase, who played Steph Forsythe in the soap, joined the cast of Sleeping Beauty in 2013. May also returned as the queen of panto in her role as Queen May.
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Image caption (2014) Aladdin marks May's 25th year in panto. She has been joined by Faye Tozer from one of the UK's most successful pop groups Steps. The group has sold more than 20m records worldwide.

UPDATE: We have now located all the posters. Thank you to those who got in touch and helped us find the missing ones.

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