LAST Of The Summer Wine star Jean Fergusson is among the cast of this year’s pantomime at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton.

The actress and author - who played bike-riding man-hunting Marina in the long-running BBC comedy - will reprise her role as the Fairy Godmother when the show is staged from December 11 until January 2.

Stepping into Cinderella’s shoes will be Jenny Jones from CITV show Hi-5. Jamie Rickers, presenter of CITV's Toonatik and Prove It plays Buttons. Jamie Morris and Tarot Joseph play Cinderella’s Ugly Sisters.

Looking forward to helping Cinderella meet her Prince Charming once again, Jean told the Globe: "It's my first time in New Brighton. I think we can promise the audience a wonderful Cinderella. Let's face it, it's the best panto ever.

"It's got the best story. There'll be lots of laughs as well as lots of serious stuff and some ponies. I think it will be the most wonderful show. I’ve done this particular show for UK Productions before and it was great. We just loved it, it was fabulous.

"With the Fairy Godmother, you've got to be serious sometimes and not make it comedy. But there are moments when you can have fun.

"However I do come on stage on a bicycle at one point, and sing a little silly song, as my Summer Wine character."

Written by Roy Clarke and set in the sleepy Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, Last Of The Summer Wine came to an end after 37 years in August and for Jean it was very much the end of an era.

She said: “We didn't know, when we were making the show last year, that it was the end. So it's all been a bit strange getting used to the idea of not doing it.

"When the first announcement came, it was obviously a shock. We were very sad, because we've been a huge family for, in my case, 27 years. In the case of Peter Sallis, who played Clegg, it was 37 years.

"It's been a sad time for everyone, because it’s like saying goodbye to a life. But the characters live on, because the shows are repeated all the time."

Jean has already done some more television work and has filmed an episode of Channel Four series This Is England: “I'm totally unrecognisable in the role, really. Crimpolene cardy, no make-up, flat shoes. Blink, and you won’t know who I am."

The Globe has two family tickets, each admitting four people, to give away for the opening night of Cinderella on December 11.

For a chance of winning, answer the folliowing question: Last Of The Summer Wine came to end after how many years last month?

Send the answer, with your contact details, to: Cinderella, Wirral Globe, Haymarket Court, Hinson Street, Birkenhead CH41 5BX. The entry deadline is 5pm on Monday, October 25.