Tribute play for much loved Morecambe man

St John's Hospice, Lancaster
St John's Hospice, Lancaster

An award-winning playwright is bringing his latest work to the town in memory of well known Morecambe family man, Keith Roach.

Le Grand Return will commemorate the late Keith Roach who was a former vice-chairman of Morecambe Football Club, a county councillor and a devoted servant of local musical theatre.

Keith Roach

Keith Roach

Alan Stockdill, of Talking Stock Productions, will bring his play to Christ Church, Broadway, Morecambe on Sunday November 29.

Alan’s partner in Talking Stock, producer Catherine Pasek, is a good friend of Keith Roach’s daughter, Gail Bowskill, and heard about the wonderful work done for Keith in his final days by Lancaster St John’s Hospice.

Catherine said: “It was the perfect opportunity to bring our play to a new town, to new audiences and to do some good for a worthy cause in memory of a fabulous gentleman.”

Keith, who passed away on May 12 2014, played football for Lancaster City and was vice-chair of the Shrimps, for whom he remained a season ticket holder. He also played cricket for Bare and Morecambe Cricket Clubs, was a member of Cumberland View Bowling Club for 20 years and then moved to Luneside and Rosebank where he held various positions of president, chairman and secretary.

It was the perfect opportunity to bring our play to a new town, and to do some good in memory of a fabulous gentleman

Catherine Pasek

Keith and wife Joyce were heavily involved with amateur dramatics.

He was one time secretary of the Morecambe Musical Society and in later years he served as chairman, treasurer and most recently president of Morecambe Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society where he was a life member.

Le Grand Return, in memory of Keith, will also raise money for the Slyne Road Hospice and is set in 1994 at the 50th anniversary of D-Day.

The three characters, Tommy, Alf and Edwin are incarcerated in Coldrick Nursing Home. In spite of his ever-worsening heart condition, plucky veteran Tommy is determined to break out and rejoin his old comrades on the French beaches and visit the grave of his best friend George who died at the scene.

Catherine Butterworth, St John’s Hospice’s head of fundraising, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to see ‘Le Grand Return’ whilst raising much needed funds for St. John’s.

“We are extremely grateful to Talking Stock and for the constant support our local community is showing their local charity.”

To buy tickets please contact Gail Bowskill on 07875 611383 or Catherine Pasek on 07785 5301219. Tickets are also available online via www.wegottickets/talkingstock.