Cast of celebrated Ealing comedy reunite

St Trinian's cast with ITV crew - including Annabelle and Polly SUS-140212-111347001
St Trinian's cast with ITV crew - including Annabelle and Polly SUS-140212-111347001

AN ORIGINAL cast member of The Belle of St Trinian’s saw in the film’s 60th anniversary last week.

Veteran actresses Annabelle Heath, who has lived in Shoreham most of her life, and Polly Baber, from Gosport, enjoyed a cup of tea and a screening of the 1954 film at Oakley Court Hotel in Windsor.

ITV attended the event to interview the cast and get some insight into the filming of the Ealing Studios comedy.

Annabelle said: “ITV were there for over two hours.

“When we were interviewed by them we told of the happy memories we had during filming and never dreamt we would still be talking about it on the 60th anniversary of the film.”

Annabelle, who had the surname Covey at the time, played Maudie, while Polly, whose screen name was Pauline Drewett, played Celia.

Annabelle attended the Corona Stage Schoool and was called to the Shepperton Studios to audition, while Polly has already developed a film career.

The two were reunited when a TV company made a show called 100 Greatest Family Films.

They were both fourth formers in the film, part of a group of girls who steal a racehorse to protect their winning bets, and they remembered having a lot of fun.

“All in all, a wonderful day, very grateful to a lot of people,” added Annabelle.

The film, which was remade in 2007, originally starred Alastair Sim.