A RECORD number of visitors came to New Brighton for the Floral Pavilion's Christmas pantomime this year.

Over the four week period of the show the theatre saw 33,728 people attend – the largest recorded audience since the reopening of the Floral Pavilion in 2008.

This year’s panto cast included Coronation Street’s Mark Baylis as Captain Hook and Dan Wright – from the BBC’s Big Cook Little Cook, 4 O'clock Club – as Mr Smee.

Theatre manager David Mackenzie said: “The Floral Pavilion prides itself on its accessibility and it’s great to see families of three and sometimes four generations visiting the theatre to watch a live performance together.

“We have partnered with our local schools to help promote the arts and live performances to the younger generation.”

The run of 49 performances over the month was the longest in the Floral Pavilion's history and included shows that offered signed, audio described and 'autism friendly” performances.

During the month 32 local schools also visited the theatre to attend the pantomime.

David added: “I am really pleased to be able to maintain the traditions of Pantomime which puts the Floral Pavilion at the heart of its community and become a tradition for future generations to come.”