IN RESPONSE to the Herald’s tribute to the late Sir John Chatfield CBE, I would like to add one of my own.
Back in the sixties he made a great contribution to Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society as our musical director.
I and my husband were (and are still) performing members of E.O.D.S.; we remember him particularly leading the orchestra for the society’s production of Chu Chin Chow, which was our first in the newly built Congress theatre in 1964.
In fact it was a family involvement. John’s father Cecil was a leading player for 30 years. A towering presence on stage with powerful bass voice. His mother Dorothy was a brilliant wardrobe mistress.
They were heady days; every night sold out.
Now, all amateur societies are struggling financially, but it is still a privilege to be a member. We remember John with great respect.
Valerie and Robin Quanstrom