There are many reasons to attend the Christmas panto. Atop our personal list, is sweet throwing. That’s why it’s the best time of the year.

Even so, a safety myth persists that the panto’s characters should keep their sweets holstered, leaving the kids (and us) without our treats.

Health and safety rules were blamed when a panto stopped throwing out sweets to the audience. In fact, they were worried about the cost of compensation if anyone got hurt.

Realistically, if a panto throws out sweets the chances of someone being seriously hurt is incredibly low. And, let us reassure you (and ourselves), it’s not something that the Health and Safety Executive is concerned about.