Schools Pinocchio crazy in Cordia comp

Pupils use of Fuel Zones enters school into pantomime competition

One hundred and fifty lucky school pupils in Glasgow have the chance to win a trip to the pantomime this year, courtesy of Cordia Services and the Pavilion Theatre.

The arms-length organisation is offering the tickets to three schools in the city which have the highest lunchtime up-take in their dining hall Fuel Zone between October 28 and November 1.

Diners from the schools which purchase the most meals in proportion their facility size will be treated to a performance of the Pavilion Theatre’s 2013 pantomime, ‘The NEW Magical Adventures of Pinocchio’.

Staring River City’s Stephen Purdon as Pinocchio, Your Radio’s Dean Park as Geppetto, presenter Michelle McManus as The Blue Fairy and Clyde 1’s Shebahn Littlejohn as loveable Lampwick, Johnny (I’m Enjoyin’ Masel’) Mac, the pantomime, the production is running from Wednesday, November 27 until Sunday, January 19, 2014.

A total of 135 primary schools which Cordia supplies the catering for will be taking part, with the organisation working in partnership with the Pavilion Theatre to offer this festive themed prize to further encourage healthy eating for children.

Launched yesterday (Thursday 31 October) at St. Anne’s Primary School, by catering manager Diane Forde and catering staff member Elizabeth Bell who both donned traditional pantomime costumes alongside three pupils.

Speaking about the competition, Cordia’s head of facilities management, Julia McCreadie said: “Everyone loves a pantomime at Christmas, getting them into the festive spirit with their friends and family.

“This contest will be a great treat for three schools in the city and provide yet another reason for kids to tuck into some healthy lunches in their dining hall.

“The Pavilion Theatre is a Glasgow institution so it seemed only natural to be working alongside them when considering how much involvement Cordia has in the city.

“Good luck to all the schools taking part and we look forward to the big day later this year.”

The Pavilion Theatre has been entertaining audiences for over 100 years, curating a varied calendar of shows, musicals, comedy and magicians.

Designed in 1904 by Bertie Crewe, the building remains virtually unchanged in its structure and decorative style.

Iain Gordon, Pavilion theatre manager said: “We are delighted to be involved with Cordia for this amazing competition. Panto is often a child’s first theatrical experience and our production of “The New Magical Adventures of Pinocchio promises to be a magical, spectacular show that everyone will enjoy”.

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Dining staff – Catering Manager, Diane Forde (hair tied back), Dining Staff Linda Bell, Lion ,Shuan Clyde (7), Tin Man, Paige McGarrity (10) and Dorothy Brooke Qua (5)

Notes to editors

On April 1 2009, Cordia, a limited liability partnership (LLP) created by Glasgow City Council, took over the work of the former Direct and Care Services (DACS) department.

The new company, the latest and, by some way, the largest of the Council's arm’s length external organisations (ALEO), has a staff of almost 7,300. The services Cordia provides include: Home care support to more than 6,700 of Glasgow's most vulnerable citizens; School meals for pupils in over 300 city schools; School crossing patrols throughout the city; Janitorial services in schools and other public buildings; Cleaning for all the city's public buildings; Catering in Glasgow's museums and leisure centres, and for banqueting events and weddings on Council property; Home care equipment supply to health services and a number of other West of Scotland councils via the EQUIPU Centre.