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Jean is a qualified teacher examiner and fellow with the ISTD – The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Jean trained at The Marianne Jepson School of Dance as a child, becoming a teacher until the school closed.

Jean was part of The Smart Set along with Frank Lee – White touring Europe and in the main, Turkey, entertaining American troops. They supported top artists in the mid to late 60’s at all the best venues around the UK. They were also in the semi-finals of ITV’s Opportunity Knocks., long before X Factor,

In the 80’s Jean was part of an influential team (The Boys Committee) who designed and formulated dance examinations for boys for the examining board. Creating a long term change in the way boy dancers were examined for future generations.

Over the years Jean has played parts with many local societies and choreographed foe Middleton, Dukinfield and many others.
Jean joined Hyde Musical Society as a player/dancer/assistant choreographer with Marianne Jepson. She has been Hyde’s dance director for 48 years, winning many well deserved awards. A true professional, loyal and caring taskmaster Inspired by the greats such as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, Jean’s energy and enthusiasm is legendary. She doesn’t just choreograph, she inspires, as anyone who has fortunate enough to have worked with her will testify.

48 years is a long time and Hyde Musical Society is very proud of Jean Ashworth’s achievements and is thrilled that she is to be inducted into the ACT HALL of Fame.

We feel it is overdue to recognise the work this lover of the arts has achieved over 60 years.

Always beavering away in the background, he has spent many a happy time “treading the boards”. Whether in the chorus or making scenery or enjoying a after rehearsal pint he is a friend to all.

He worked for many years for an association looking after the performing arts as a regional representative reviewing shows, and finally becoming its area secretary.

In later years he has chosen which theatrical interest to follow. He enjoys his membership of The Operetta Company and is a trustee, and a God for The Association of Community Theatre.

It gives the ACT Board great pleasure to induct Glyn Neary into the ACT Hall of Fame and also award him with his 60 year certificate for services to community theatre.

This recipient joined her society in 1956 and although has never been on stage as a performer, has, over the years took every position in the society.

She has been Chairman, Secretary, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Ticket Secretary, front of house manager, and served on social committees. She has worked ceaselessly for her society and has assisted at all social events working tirelessly to help raise funds for the society.

Her knowledge and expertise is invaluable.

Still serving on the committee and is affectionately known as the “Oracle” because the society consult her constantly. Still attending every rehearsal and everyone is so pleased to see her.

Tonight this individual receives her ACT 60 years’ service certificate and we, the members of ACTON AOS. feel that she should have further recognition for her huge contribution to community theatre and above all to her society
Ladies  & Gentlemen, Act Hall of Fame goes to Christine Crosby