Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pull the Other One!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pull the Other One!

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Byline: By Sarah Ivison

Snow White's seven dwarves took time out from their roles on the Middlesbrough Theatre stage to make our cracker test go with a bang.

Sadly, because copyright means the Middlesbrough dwarves can't be called their usual fairytale names, they are on stage as Goopy, Snoozy, Smiley, Moody, Dozey, Tisher and Brainy.

They are played by students of Thornton Academy of Dance in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.

And it was quite a pantomime when they helped us find out what was on offer.

The crackers tested were from Next, Marks & Spencer, BhS, Woolworths, Boots and Matalan.

BhS has a special offer on all its crackers, so they are reduced from pounds 10 to pounds 8.

It has a pack of six children's crackers that are now pounds 8 which come with fun magnets. The novelty designs are decorated with either a Santa or a reindeer.

Prizes include a yo-yo, a toy truck and a snakes and ladders game.

BhS also has a pack of six wacky karaoke crackers which come complete with a CD and game for post-Christmas-lunch fun.

On the back of the cracker box there are some squares with numbers which need to be cut out and placed in a hat.

Boots has a buy one, get one free offer on crackers until Christmas Eve.

The Boots' range includes Felicity Wishes, a pack of six crackers based on the book character.

Each cracker contains an extra special Felicity wish and a hat.

The novelties include a pack of colouring crayons, a keyring, a badge and more.

Emma's Ark, available from Boots, has a pack of six crackers for pounds 10, which include a party hat and a motto.

They contain novelties with a penguin, reindeer or polar bear design on them and include a keyring, badge, colouring crayons, bookmark, cards and a tin.

Matalan has a sophisticated pack of six dinner party crackers, which have pretty beading on them. …

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