A message from our President
I am sorry to share with you the passing of two long standing members of the Company, within the last few weeks.
Maggie Webster has been a continuous member of the company since the 1960s (a fact, I am not sure she would necessarily want to be shared!). She finally decided to retire from the stage just before the start of the pandemic, with the intention of helping behind the scenes. During that time she was a stalwart of the chorus line, who was prized by us for her strong alto voice, appearing in virtually all the Shows we produced during her long memberships- whether that was pantomimes, main productions or Music Halls and latterly Spring Shows. She also played a number of minor roles in her time and, always one of our more glamorous performers, will be remembered as the only person who ever tried to play a beggar with her gold chains on!
She also spent a number of years on the Committee as a representative of the playing members.
Maggie has passed away following a short illness and leaves her partner Geoff her sons and their families.
Mary Marsden has also passed away. Mary was our Wardrobe Mistress for many years from the early 80’s, having worked as an Assistant to Angela Lynham and then taking over the role when Angela retired to Wales. Known for her exacting standards, she managed to get people to wear exactly what she wanted with a smile and a total conviction in making sure the production looked exactly right.
Even after her own retirement from the role, Mary appeared with her sewing box at dress rehearsal to help make last minute alterations to costumes.
After her retirement from Wardrobe, Mary became the Ticket Secretary for a number of years before both her and her husband, Stanley, a life member of the Company (and former Treasurer) retired from taking active roles
She is survived by Stanley and her two daughters and their families.