It might be summer but oh no it isn't too early for some Christmas pantomime fun in Belfast.

It may be irritating to be reminded of Christmas on a rare sunny day in Belfast but,

Given the awful summer we've just had perhaps the festive season can’t come soon enough.

With eighteen weeks left until Christmas, ticket sales for 'Cinderella’ the upcoming pantomime at Belfast's Grand Opera House are phenomenal. In the hope that people will put the awful summer behind them and book for Christmas, some of the stars of ‘Cinderella’ take to the city streets to promote the pantomime.

They include Lucy Morgan as Cinderella, Prince Charming Scott Wright, children's television favourite Sooty with puppeteer Richard Cadell who pays Buttons, and the Fairy Godmother May McFettridge played by John Linehan.

May McFettridge urges,

All you ones down in the south of Ireland get your tickets.

With a third of seats already sold, director of the Grand Opera House Derek Nicholls is extremely pleased with ticket sales. He advises,

If people want to come, book early don’t leave it till it’s too late.

‘Cinderella’ at the Grand Opera House in Belfast opens on 29 November 2002 and runs until 18 January 2003.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 August 2002. The reporter is Brendan Wright.