A PEEBLES theatre has bagged a cash boost thanks to a supermarket community grant scheme.

Tweed Theatre has been awarded £2,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme which will go towards putting on their Christmas pantomime.

Bags of Help, run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, is funded by money from the sale of carrier bags in Tesco which is then awarded to local community projects.

Voting ran in stores throughout July and August with customers voting on which local project they would like to fund using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s head of communications in Scotland, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers.

“It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

The grant will pay for costumes, special effects, rehearsal space and more for the theatre's upcoming Christmas production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Tweed Theatre said: “This is wonderful news and will allow us to put on another amazing pantomime.

“The contribution of Tesco to community projects like this is excellent and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support as well as all the people who voted in store during July and August.”

Tweed theatre’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk is a new pantomime based on the well-known fairy tale.

Written by Keith Brunton, the story follows Evil Baron Trumpton who is evicting the villagers of Broughton to make way for his new golf course.

Jack and his mother, Dame Judy, are penniless and can’t afford to pay the Baron their rent. In desperation they decide to sell their beloved cow but Jack is duped and sells the cow for a bag of beans.

When the beans grow into the beanstalk Jack is transported to a land where he meets the Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow, Miss Muffet, Bo-Peep and Little Jack Horner and a host of other well-known characters.

Jack and the Beanstalk will be showing at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, from Thursday, December 6-8. Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk are available from the Eastgate Theatre box office and online at www.eastgatearts.com.