A concert compere who became hugely respected for his knowledge, wit and humour, has been awarded honorary life membership of a local operatic society to mark his retirement.
David Hill, from Culcheth, spent 18 years as the Concert Compere for The Three Towns – always showing total dedication and commitment to keeping audiences entertained.
But his involvement with the group goes back even further – before becoming their compere, David worked backstage as Props Manager for 23 years, nine of those as Stage Manager for Three Towns annual musicals – formerly at Lowton Civic Hall and latterly at St Joseph’s Hall in Leigh.
On his recent retirement, he was presented with the honour of life membership by David Kay, Vice Chairman of The Three Towns, and Derek Morris, Treasurer.
David Hill said: “I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the Three Towns for honouring me as they have.
“I have enjoyed every moment of working with such talented and friendly people, whether in the theatre, or on the concert platform, and I shall miss them all.
“Thank you also for the magnificent photograph album containing happy memories of so many ‘Nights of Gladness’.”
In 2009 David was presented with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Commendation Medal for his valued service to the Society.
Chairman of the Society, Ann Batchelor said: “David will be missed by members and audiences alike. He was a member of the Three Towns family and regularly came to rehearsals to listen to what he called ‘the fantastic Three Towns full sound’.
“He delighted in researching the items that we sang and introduced them with enthusiasm and humour.”
The Three Towns are now in rehearsal for their annual concert with everyone’s foot-tapping favourites planned for 19 & 20 November at St. Joseph’s Hall, Leigh.
For more information visit www.thethreetowns.net.