The life of a fondly remembered veteran of Chester Theatre Club has been celebrated by members, friends and family.

Bill Smith was chairman of the Chester Theatre Club from 1968 to 2000 and appeared on stage many times at the Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, Newtown.

Among those invited to celebrate his life were his widow Peg Smith and Kay Whittle who was recently invited to become a vice president of the club.

A portrait of Bill, as he appeared as Sir John Falstaff in a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, now has pride of place on the walls of the theatre club.

Peg and Bill actively supported and inspired the Chester Little Theatre for many years, with Bill serving on the committee as chairman and in other roles and Peg as box office manager.

Having retired as chairman, Bill was vice president of the club before his death last April.

Kay Whittle is one of the founder members of the club and has appeared in many of its productions. She becomes a vice president along with Ronald Pickup, who acted for the Little Theatre as a student at the King’s School and Alex Clifton, artistic director of Chester Performs. Their president is Tim Firth, writer for stage and screen.

Malcolm Gledhill, the present chairman of Chester Theatre Club, said: “We are delighted and proud to have such a prestigious group of people to represent and support us. It says a lot for the standards of the Little Theatre that they are pleased to have their names connected with us.”

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