A theatre has banned panto actors from throwing sweets into the audience on health and safety grounds.
The Pavilion Theatre, in Gorleston, Norfolk, has halted the long standing tradition for fear of being sued by anyone injured by a stray boiled sweet.
At this year's Babes in the Woods and Robin Hood productions, the sweets will be dropped into the front row and distributed to the children by ushers.
Previously, they had been thrown from the stage by the pantomime dame.
The theatre said that it was a prudent measure to protect themselves and the audience.
Local councillor Bertie Collins said: "It's ridiculous, really. This is something they've been doing for many years and the kids enjoy it.
"Soon you won't be able to do anything. The theatre has probably been warned about health and safety and you can't blame them for protecting themselves against any claims."