LYME Regis was saddened to hear of the death of former music teacher Brian Manners, who died, aged 90, at the Shire House care home on Wednesday evening after a long illness.
As Mr Manners passed peacefully away, the iconic Woodroffe School song was played. Dozens of former pupils of the Woodroffe School took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Manners, who was much admired and loved by those he taught. They simply revered him.
It was appropriate that the school song was played as he passed away, as he had played it on hundreds of occasions, including at school reunions.
Mr Manners was hugely influential as head of music at the Woodroffe School, the former Lyme Regis Grammar School, and was responsible for the formation of the school’s Madrigal Group, which earned an international reputation with many trips abroad.
Being a member of the Madrigal Group was seen as a badge of honour, representing all that was good about Woodroffe.
Messages on Facebook spoke of how inspirational he was and described him as a legend.
Outside of school, Mr Manners was a key member of the Lyme Regis Operatic Society. He was musical director form many years and served also as chairman and president.
Together with fellow English teacher, Roy Deasey, he wrote ‘The Golden Revenge’ to mark the 5oth anniversary of the society in 1970 and the following year it was performed at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter and again at the Marine Theatre in 1988 to celebrate the Armada 400th anniversary.
He and Mr Deasey also wrote ‘Love In The Mist’ as the society’s contribution to the Lyme 1200 celebrations in 1974.
Mr Manners engendered the same loyalty and passion, leading the Operatic Society to many successes.
Mr Manners is survived by a son David, who was also a teacher at the Woodroffe School, and two daughters – Judy and Heather.