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Hall of Fame

At the Spotlight Awards Evening held on 19th November, 2011, The Association of Community Theatres was delighted to welcome into the Hall of Fame, Joan Edwards, Ken Webb and Brian Thorpe.

Joan Edwards
Brian Thorpe
Ken Webb

Joan Edwards

Brian Thorpe

Ken Webb

JOAN EDWARDS has worked tirelessly for her community all her life. She has been an active member of her church and supports charity and fundraising by donating, mending and reselling clothes for resale.

These sewing skills have definitely been put to use within the performing arts as she has been responsible for making mending and doing costumes for Acton AOS and Crewe MTS for many years.  In fact at last count she had done costumes for over 100 amateur productions.

Despite being in her 70’s, she has been nominated by Action OS and accepted to be a torch bearer at next summers Olympics

We are delighted to induct JOAN EDWARDS into the ACT Hall of Fame

BRIAN THORPE has been involved in the Performing Arts for over 50 years and will be familiar to many of you in the North West, not as a performer but as a chairman, representative and an all round character within the performing arts.

He acted as Vice Chair, Chairman and President of Salford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Association, where he met his wife Anne.

He spent many years serving the National Operatic and Dramatic Association as a Regional Representative, North West Regional Councillor and being made National President in 1997.

More latterly he has accepted a role as an ACT god and become a very vocal and active member of the Management Board

ACT have great pleasure in inducting BRIAN THORPE into the ACT Hall of Fame

KEN WEBB was born from a family of Salvationists and as a result of this his future was destined to be as part of, not only the Salvation Army Band but also the Knutsford Band and  The Royal Doulton Band. In 1958 he joined Knutsford Operatic Society as Musical Director.

From there he took all committee positions in the society, back stage and front of house to eventually becoming the Chairman.

In 1982 he was voted in as Regional Representative for NODA and after many years as a rep became North West Area Councillor. He was no doubt overlooked for National President and retired from his duties a couple of years ago.

We are delighted that he forms part of the ACT Gods and for his 53 years service to the arts were delighted to induct KEN WEBB into the ACT Hall of Fame