Panto star gets sweet throat cure

Ex Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones (Les Battersby), in panto at Blackfriars Theatre, Boston.
Ex Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones (Les Battersby), in panto at Blackfriars Theatre, Boston.

A FESTIVE gesture from a local company has earned it a famous fan, in the form of Coronation Street star Bruce Jones.

Confectioners Jakemans sent Bruce a sample of their throat sweets after reading in The Standard that he had developed a sore throat performing in panto at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre.

The star, who was playing Captain Hook in the theatre’s production of Peter Pan, has now vowed to use the local products in the future – describing the sweets as ‘fantastic’.

Jakeman’s Nick Sleaford told the Standard: “It was just a bit of festive spirit. I heard he was stopping in town. It was a spur of the moment thing.”

Nick sent a box of 12 bags of Jakemans to Blackfriars to help soothe Bruce’s ailing throat before Christmas and the following day he called to say ‘thank you’ and tell the company how nice he thought the gesture had been.

The following day he called again - this time presumably with a stronger voice – to tell them how great he thought the medicated sweets had been and how much they had helped ease his suffering.

Nick said: “He said he had tried them for the first time and they were fantastic and he would be buying them for the rest of his life.

“It was nice of him because he didn’t have to do that.”

Bruce is not the only famous fan of the sweets, Nick said – members of the National Opera in London are also known to use the products to help their throats before their performances.

Peter Pan closed at Blackfriars yesterday (Tuesday).

To see a video interview with Bruce – when he was suffering with a sore throat – visit www.bostonstandard.co.uk.