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For Listeners of All Ages
Francis de Wolff in ' The Little Log Sellers'
A Christmas play written for radio by Margaret Potter and Trevor Hill with incidental music composed by Henry Reed who conducts a section of the BBC Northern Orchestra (Leader, Reginald Stead ) and Song:
' We're going to build a snowman' sung by the Whalley Range High School Choir Programme devised and produced by Trevor Hill
(: a new production of the play first broadcast in the U.S.A. and in Britain in December 1952)
Linda and Peter, the old woodcutter's grandchildren, go to the big city for the very first time, and see preparations for a Christmas they have never known. I never wanted anything until I saw that lovely fairy doll,' says Linda. But perhaps her greatest thrill is when she is taken to the cathedral steps in order to hear part of the midnight service.


Unknown: Francis de Wolff
Unknown: Margaret Potter
Unknown: Trevor Hill
Composed By: Henry Reed
Leader: Reginald Stead
Produced By: Trevor Hill
The woodcutter's children: Little Linda: Sian Davies
The woodcutter's children: Peter: Geoffrey Seale
Grandfather: Herbert Smith
The rich gentleman: Francis de Wolff
James, the groom: Fred Wilson
The robin: Doris Gambell
Silas Crump: Leonard Williams
The City Apprentices: Robert Trueman
Scot Finch, and: Jeffrey Denton
The school children: Ian Piper
The school children: Sandra Chalmers
The footman: Norman Somers
The Christmas Fairy: Jane Knowles
The storyteller: John Mead

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