A PANTO star has kick-started her New Year exercise regime at a gym set to close for refurbishment.

Zoe Birkett, who is playing Princess Beauty in Sleeping Beauty, at Darlington Civic Theatre, enjoyed a work out in the Pulse Suite at the town’s Dolphin Centre.

The former Pop Idol runner-up is aiming to stay fit for the last few shows of the pantomime, which runs until Sunday, January 20.

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It has been receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics.

The Pulse Suite will be closed between February 4 and March 4, with a temporary gymnasium to be set up elsewhere in the centre.

To book tickets for the pantomime, call 01325-486555 or visit darlingtonarts.co.uk