Farewell to a cornerstone of the Wisbech Players who is retiring to the West Country

Gordon Ringrose Wisbech Players chairman.

Gordon Ringrose Wisbech Players chairman. - Credit: Archant

The Wisbech Players are set to say farewell to Gordon Ringrose, their outgoing chairman, who they say has been a major pillar and mainstay of the society.

Having been heavily involved in all areas of the Players’ activities during the many years of his membership, his departure from the committee at the end of the Players’ 60th anniversary year will be keenly felt as a great loss by all who have worked with him either in running the society or in participating in its productions, members say.

At various times he has been honorary president, chairman and treasurer of the society. In all these positions he has provided outstanding leadership and insight.

He is also credited with rescuing the Players at a time of crisis when the society threatened to fall apart. Of enduring benefit will be the healthy financial state in which he leaves its affairs.

Ian Jones, honorary secretary of the Wisbech Players, said: “He will be missed for his personal kindness and the caring support he has given to members who were going through a difficult time, such as illness or bereavement.”

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Gordon has made several appearances on stage and also directed some of the Players’ productions, most notably Hobson’s Choice in 2003 and Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea in 2011, which won him a Best Production accolade at the annual National Operatic and Dramatic Association (East Region) Awards in 2012.

Mr Jones added: “The Wisbech Players wish him a well-earned retirement in his new home in the West Country.”

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