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Ann Batchelor, Chair of the Three Towns Operatic Society, and David Kay, founder member, celebrate the society's 50th anniversary at a Celebration Ball

50th anniversary celebrations for operatic society

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Five decades of making music was marked at a celebration held by the Three Towns Operatic Society in October.

The 50th anniversary Celebration Ball was held at Leigh Masonic Hall, with celebrations led by the society’s current Chair, Ann Batchelor. Guests included the founder, Neville Parry, and founder members David Kay, Margaret Laithwaite, Susan Shaw, Kathleen Sandiford, Rosemary and Peter Aldred, along with current society members and those who help behind the scenes and at the front of house.

Founder members of The Three Towns Operatic Society David Kay, Margaret Laithwaite, Susan Shaw, Neville Parry, Kathleen Sandiford, Rosemary and Peter Aldred.

Founder members of The Three Towns Operatic Society David Kay, Margaret Laithwaite, Susan Shaw, Neville Parry, Kathleen Sandiford, Rosemary and Peter Aldred.

Speeches were given by Neville Parry and David Kay – who has performed in every production the society has ever put on – and everyone danced the night away to live band Unit 22.

Memories from the past five decades were captured in a visual time-line, which included old programmes and photographs from all the shows of the last 50 years.

The Three Towns are renowned for being one of the few societies that delight audiences with their Gilbert & Sullivan musical productions. Over the last few alternate years they have also performed other popular shows such as Die Fledermaus, Waltzes from Vienna, The Merry Widow and many more.

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