Maureen’s golden jubilee of treading the boards

Maureen Calveley, celebrating 50 years with the Fylde Coast Players
Maureen Calveley, celebrating 50 years with the Fylde Coast Players
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Maureen Calveley is set to celebrate her golden jubilee with the Fylde Coast Players.

When the production of Billy Liar opens at Lowther Pavilion next month, it will be exactly 50 years since Maureen joined the Lytham-based amateur theatre group.

She joined Fylde Coast Players not long after moving to Lytham from Blackpool, where she had been a member of another amateur theatre group.

Maureen, of Upper Westby Street, Lytham, said: “It’s true to say that being a member of Fylde Coast Players has been a big part of my life.

“I’ve had a fantastic time over the years, been given the opportunity to appear in some excellent plays and taken on many different roles.”

Maureen has spent her life travelling the country performing in front of packed theatres.

She said: “When I joined in 1965 our plays were staged at Ansdell Institute, then the former Lytham Baths Theatre, now the Assembly Rooms in Dicconson Terrace, and we later moved to St Annes Pier.

“In those days there were many more play festivals than there are now.

“I remember travelling to Fleetwood, Morecambe, the Isle of Man, Settle, Clitheroe, Colwyn Bay, Skipton and the wonderful Buxton Opera House.”

Awarded life membership in 2005, Maureen also served as the group’s secretary for 13 years and has been chairman three times.

She said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Fylde Coast Players – and am still doing so – but it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my husband Ged and our children.”

Billy Liar is at Lowther 
Pavilion from Wednesday March 25-28, at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on (01253) 794221 or online at www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk