Lowestoft Players 50th anniversary celebrations get under way with special unveiling

A plaque commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole was unveiled at the Bethel. Pict

A plaque commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole was unveiled at the Bethel. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Two new pieces of specially-carved stonework have been unveiled at the Bethel to begin celebrations marking 50 years of the Lowestoft Players.

A plaque commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole was unveiled at the Bethel. Pict

A plaque commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole was unveiled at the Bethel. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

At a special ceremony attended by Waveney MP Peter Aldous and Players chairman Stephen Wilson, a plaque commemorating the generosity of the Players' benefactors, Albert and Hilda Catchpole, was presented on Saturday (September 23) morning.

The Catchpoles permitted the Players to use their net store on Stradbroke Road, Pakefield, as their headquarters and rehearsal space for 32 years, entirely free of charge.

It is in large measure because of this that the Players were able to purchase the fisherman's bethel on Battery Green back in 2009, providing them with a bigger home and a properly functioning theatre.

Also unveiled was a new stone capital outside the south door, which incorporates the same materials used by the original 19th century stonemason, William Whitehead, meaning the restoration is complete and the Players have added a memorial of their own.

A plaque commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole was unveiled at the Bethel. Pict

A plaque commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole was unveiled at the Bethel. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

A plaque commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole was unveiled at the Bethel. Pict

A plaque commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole was unveiled at the Bethel. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant


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