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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.

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