Long-serving president steps down

Copy Pic'Ann Clough in a production of Viva Mexico in 1973'02/03/12
Copy Pic'Ann Clough in a production of Viva Mexico in 1973'02/03/12

Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (BAODS) said goodbye to its long serving President last week who has stepped down after 9 years.

Anne Clough, 79, finally decided to call time on her role as President at the society’s AGM last Wednesday making way for new President Bob Downing to take over.

President retires'Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society president Ann Clough is presented with �100 of vouchers by chairman Mike Sheldon.'Picture by Neil Silk  120967'02/03/12

President retires'Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society president Ann Clough is presented with �100 of vouchers by chairman Mike Sheldon.'Picture by Neil Silk 120967'02/03/12

Miss Clough, who first joined the BAODS in 1960, has previously served as society Treasurer for 11 years and will continue to play an active role within the group.

Miss Clough said: “My first production was the Gypsy Princess in which I played a flower girl, I’ve really loved playing so many parts over the years.

“I would say the highlights of my time with the society would be doing the Gilbert and Sullivan shows in the 1970s, and the pantomimes we’ve done since 2000 have been great fun too.”

The BAODS was founded 103 years ago and used to practice in Bridlington’s Temperance Institute and perform at the Spa, before moving to their current home in the Spotlight Theatre.

Current Chairman Mike Sheldon said: “We have ambitious plans to expand the theatre and are in the process of seeking funding. It will be a lot of hard work and as Anne runs a business she agreed it would be better to give someone else a try at the job.

“It’s sad to see Anne step down but she’s not going anywhere it’s just her role has changed.” Miss Clough who runs Whiteley’s on Promenade is eager to continue her work within the society which last year put on 12 different productions.

In recognition of her dedication during her time as President, Anne was presented with £100 worth of vouchers for Eastfield Garden Centre.