Out­stand­ing drama from youth theatre

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I re­cently at­tended the Ash­ford Youth Theatre’s (AYT) highly suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tion of Doc­tor Faus­tus, and feel I must ex­press my praise for this fine as­set to our town.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of Stella Critch­ley, Daryl Brown and their team, AYT has for more than 30 years staged high qual­ity drama at its own theatre in Dover Place.

The theatre has high pro­duc­tion val­ues, and pro­vides young act­ing and back­stage tal­ent with an op­por­tu­nity both to per­form their craft to a pay­ing au­di­ence and to work as part of a team.

The qual­ity of both the sets and cos­tumes at last week’s show would not have been out of place at a pro­fes­sional venue, and helped make the event a very en­joy­able evening.

AYT’s next pro­duc­tion is in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and I hope as many Ash­ford res­i­dents as pos­si­ble will take the op­por­tu­nity to see it. David Burt, Myr­tle Court, Kingsnorth I am act­ing on be­half of the author­i­ties at the United Na­tions Me­mo­rial Ceme­tery Bu­san South Korea, where over more than Bri­tish Ser­vice­men are buried.

The author­i­ties there wish to ob­tain pho­to­graphs of those ser­vice­men in­terred there, and, also of those who died but have no known grave.

The pho­to­graphs will be at­tached to their records, and will also be dis­played on the walls of the Ceme­tery Hall of Re­mem­brance for all time.

The fol­low­ing names are just some of the young men from Kent who gave their lives in Korea: L. Cpl Al­bert E. Byrne, 2nd Lt Robert I.F. Ar­buth­not, Sgt Frank T.West, S.Lt Brian E. Rayner(RN), L.Cpl Dennis E.Lewis, Lt Ge­orge B. Robin­son, Tpr Alan R.Smith, Fus Nor­man O’What­ley, Pte Bryan J. Bris­tow, Pte Ken­neth C.Tred­get, Pte John D. Price, Cpl Jarvis E.Belsey, Drv.Ron­ald V.F.God­win, Gnr Ed­win Waller, Spr Vic­tor A.Me­dus.

Any fam­ily who lost a loved one in the Korean War 1950-53, and wish to take part can send the pho­to­graph to me Brian Hough, 116 Fields Farm Road, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 3NP or email bhough116@gmail.com

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