A HANDFUL of the most creative hands in the region have got together to create their very own lamps, lanterns and flying carpets.

Children from across North Yorkshire met at Richmond's Georgian Theatre Royal to mark the arrival of Aladdin with their own props and decorations.

Part of the theatre's annual competition to identify some of the region's most talented, entrants were encouraged to create Aladdin-themed artwork.

Clare Allen, director and producer of the Aladdin pantomime, said: "We have been thrilled by the large number of superb entries that have been produced for the competition.

"A lot of effort has obviously gone into making each one and it was very difficult to pick winners from such a strong field of dazzling entries.

"We would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to all those who took part."

The winning selection of artwork will now be displayed in the theatre during the run of the pantomime from Friday, December 6 until Sunday, January 12.

Artworks will also go on display in the Out of the Box shop window on King Street.

Ms Allen added: “One of the things that makes the Richmond pantomime so special is the way that it is so firmly embedded in the community.

"Everyone likes to get involved from those who lovingly create the legendary knitted items to the many children who roll their sleeves up with painting, colouring and junk modelling."

For more information or to book tickets for Aladdin contact the Box Office on 01748-825252 or visit georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk