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Krankie hurt in beanstalk tumble
Jimmy Krankie
Janette Tough plays Wee Jimmy Krankie
Children's entertainer Wee Jimmy Krankie has been taken to hospital with head injuries after falling 10ft off a pantomime beanstalk in Glasgow.

The 57-year-old is starring in a production of Jack and the Beanstalk at the city's Pavilion Theatre and fell off the prop during a matinee show.

Fellow cast member Scottish soap star Gary Hollywood was also said to have been injured in the fall on Wednesday.

The duo's conditions were described as stable by the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The Wednesday evening performance at the theatre has now been cancelled and the audience who saw the fall during the day have been given a full refund.

Double act

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: "Wee Jimmy Krankie fell out of the beanstalk on to the stage and was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary."

Wee Jimmy, a cheeky Scottish schoolboy, is played by actress Janette Tough, who stars alongside her husband Ian Tough in their double act The Krankies.

The accident took place as the first half of the pantomime drew to a close.

The special lift which holds up the beanstalk fell, sending Mrs Tough and her co-star crashing onto the stage.

Pavilion Theatre
The show was taking place at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow
Theatre manager Iain Gordon said: "She was at the top of the beanstalk at the end of act one.

"The beanstalk goes in the air about five metres, and as they were coming down approximately 10ft from the ground the beanstalk bent."

One concerned parent, mother-of-two Audrey Ryan from Glasgow, said: "I am very shocked to hear what has happened.

"We have tickets for the show next week, but obviously we are hoping that the two cast members are okay, that's the most important thing."

Mr Tough was not on stage at the time of the accident but went to hospital with his wife.

The couple are now semi-retired but throughout the 1980s were a fixture on national television making their name on the Crackerjack children's TV programme.

They hosted their own show, The Krankies Club, on ITV before finally disappearing from the screens in 1991.

They have been starring in the Christmas production in Glasgow since it opened at the end of last month and are due to finish their run at the end of January.



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