‘PURE QUALITY’ remarked one lady as she left this traditional panto. I couldn’t agree more.

Every year the resort’s venue pulls out all the seasonal stops to ensure everyone leaves with a smile on their face and a spring in their step.

It starts when you enter the welcoming theatre with its ‘on stage’ banner declaring in big letters that this is an adaptation dedicated to J. M. Barrie’s young hero who never wanted to grow up. I can relate to that.

Martin Dodd’s UK Productions certainly knows its audience.

Peter Pan is played by Tim Edwards and not only does he perform awesome aerial work but he can sing and act.

It is a real blessing in an age of reality stars who squeeze fifteen minutes of telly work into a career.

Theatre star Tim made ‘contact’ the moment he came out of the shadows - the rest was plain sailing (I mean flying).

Coronation Street’s Marc Baylis has a real flair for comedy and I have to hand it to him - he’s a cracking Captain Hook.

Every time he appears it’s time to crack open the boos...

Dan Wight as pirate Smee reminds me of a Eric Idle from Monty Python. He is a very versatile performer who makes this demanding role look easy.

I award him this year’s most inspired panto quip when he sings a line from Lionel Richie’s song Hello: ‘‘Is it Smee you’re looking for?’’ Nicola Barney is a lovely Wendy and Natalie Hollingworth’s Tiger Lily is feisty.

Tinker Bell, played by a roller-skating Emma-Katie Adcock, provides a heart-tugging scene where her fairy wings are clipped.

Sarah Louise-Young is in fine voice throughout as Mrs Darling and the Mermaid. Selection boxes all round to the Hoylake School of Dance (Village Children and Lost Boys) and also the Razzamataz Liverpool South and Wirral Academy of Performing Arts for the many delightful Lost Boys. All local heroes.

Director Andrew Margerison and choreographer Lee Lomas keep the whole two and a half hour show (including interval re-fuelling) nicely paced.

The three-piece orchestra treat us to classic such as Colour My World and the Monkee’s I’m a Believer.

Costumes and sets are top notch yet again.

There are extra bonuses in the wonderful trapeze work from the Pirate Crew ‘Nitwits’ who present some jaw-dropping circus routines. Don’t try this at home. I did and I’ll never be able to slap my thigh again.

Another splendid sequence involves Peter, Wendy and the two Darling boys flying over the street tops of London. Sometimes the word ‘magical’ is over-used but it applies here.

The consistently funny script is peppered with references to Ant and Dec, Theresa May Donald Trump and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

This New Brighton panto keeps up a fine festive tradition.

Pure quality, indeed.

Sparkling and Uplifting 5 Stars.

On at The Floral until January 7.

For tickets call the box office on 0151 666 0000.