Prestwich Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society ( PADOS) are based in a former library in Manchester where Percy used to borrow books as a child! With Junior, Youth and Adult productions, they are very busy and looking forward to their centenary.
Before locating to their current home nearly 50 years ago, their secretary, Lauren Livesey, tells me they used to perform in church halls and local theatres, including the former Open Air Theatre in nearby Heaton Park. More than 100 years ago, the first live gramophone show was broadcast there to a spellbound crowd of more than 40,000. It was devoted to Enrico Caruso who had just appeared at the Free Trade Hall who was delighted and congratulated the impresario, William Grimshaw, a budding local gramophone salesman.