Melton Theatre erect plaque in recognition of longest serving technician Roy Beeken

The seat plaque erected in Melton Theatre in recognition of its longest serving technician Roy Beeken who died last week EMN-150707-155536001
The seat plaque erected in Melton Theatre in recognition of its longest serving technician Roy Beeken who died last week EMN-150707-155536001
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Melton Theatre have erected a plaque in honour of its longest serving technician and well-known Melton character Roy Beeken (91) who died last week.

Roy clocked up 34 years at the theatre, running the technical services and operating sound and lighting for countless star performances.

Former Melton fireman Roy Beeken, who started in 1939, was among the guests at the official opening of Melton's new fire station in 2013 PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-150707-174152001

Former Melton fireman Roy Beeken, who started in 1939, was among the guests at the official opening of Melton's new fire station in 2013 PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-150707-174152001

He had been involved with the theatre since it opened in 1976 and it was only in recent years, as he approached 90, that Roy ceased volunteering.

Current senior technician Andrew Edwards said: “When I joined the team 10 years ago Roy took me under his wing and was a great mentor. The knowledge he passed on to me was invaluable both on the technical side and the rich history of theatre in the town over the last 90 years.”

Roy was involved with local theatre from a young age. Along with his time at Melton Theatre, Roy also supported many productions at town venues that sadly no longer exist and, as a lifelong supporter of the Melton Mowbray Amateur Operatic Society, he never missed a performance.

Mr Edwards added: “Roy’s commitment to the theatre was inspiring and we wanted a permanent dedication for future generations to see.”

Roy will also be remembered by many for his long service at Melton Fire Station, joining in 1939 at the age of 15 and going on to serve until his retirement in 1984, for his past involvement with the 4th Melton Scouts and many years of service as a Melton Mowbray Town Estate feoffee.

Roy, who died on Tuesday, June 30 after a very short illness, leaves his wife, Anne, and sons Philip and Andrew.