New bench honours stalwarts of Lyme Regis Musical Theatre

Lyme Regis Musical Theatre seat
David and Angela Manners pictured on the new seat with former committee members Helen Webber, Jane Broom, Johanna Hopkins, Elaine Kendrick and John Routley

A NEW public seat has been unveiled on Theatre Square, honouring two stalwarts of Lyme Regis Musical Theatre.

The seat, outside the Marine Theatre, has been provided by the Lyme Regis Musical Theatre (LRMT) group, which has ceased to operate after 100 years because of the lack of volunteers.

The seat honours two stalwarts of LRMT, formerly Lyme Regis Operatic Society – Brian Manners and David Coates. Both were connected with the society for many years – Mr Manners as musical director and Mr Coates as a principal performer.

They were both teachers at The Woodroffe School and both had served as president of the society.

The seat was unveiled last Wednesday afternoon by Mr Manners’ son, David, also an ex-teacher at the school, who was accompanied by his wife Angela. The seat includes a plaque which says: “Thank you for the Music, for giving it to us, Brian Manners and David Coates, Lyme regis Musical Society.

Former chairman of LRMT Johanna Hopkins said: “As the society is now defunct we thought it appropriate to honour the huge contribution made over many years by Brian and David.

“And where more appropriate than outside the Marine Theatre where the society entertained the people of Lyme Regis for so long?”

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