We were saddened by the death of our long-time member Don Howcroft on 15th August. Donny was a wonderful actor, singer, dancer, designer, artist, friend and mentor and he will be sorely missed, not just by our society, but by the whole Amateur Dramatics scene in Bolton, so many of whom came to pay tribute to him at the memorial service at Walmsley Parish Church.
Donny played many leading roles in his 55 years on the amateur stage, including the Artful Dodger in 1968 at Walmsley - the first amateur actor in the world to take the role. He was also a regular on TV with his wife Nora, as an extra and, famously, as a participant in the TV series Food Glorious Food with his signature dish, salmon cheesecake. Indeed, he was well known to his friends as a very talented and creative chef.
Donny was involved in almost every Walmsley production in recent years, acting and designing, as well as supporting Nora, to ensure we maintain such a high standard of professionalism.
Goodbye Donny, we shall always remember you.