Theatre lovers to be reunited with personalised plaques

Hundreds of theatres lovers will be reunited with personalised plaques after more than 25 years of supporting the Darlington Civic Theatre.

The plaques were introduced in 1990/1991 as part of a “Sponsor A Seat” programme where patrons could name a seat to show their support for the theatre and have a personalised plaque attached to a particular seat.

25 years on, Darlington Civic Theatre is keen to reunite these plaques with their owners.

As well as many local theatre-lovers, some famous names have also sponsored seats in the past, including Ken Dodd, Tom Jones, Cameron Mackintosh, actress Sylvia Syms and Tommy Cooper.

Many local businesses and associations got involved too, including Cummins Engine Ltd, The Northern Echo, Elm Ridge Garden Centre and Darlington Rotary Club.

Heather Walkington, Director of Fundraising and Development at Darlington Civic Theatre, said: “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to reunite people with their plaques.

“Many were dedicated to friends and family and their support made the 900 for the 90s campaign possible.

“With a large restoration on the horizon, we felt the time was right to reunite people with their own part of the theatre”.

Over 300 brass plaques in total were produced. The comprehensive list of names is as follows:

  • 14th Darlington Brownie Pack
  • 8th D’ton (Cockerton) B.P. Scouts – Panther Wolf Cub Pack
  • A Mackenzie
  • A Morgan
  • A. & G. Redhouse
  • Adrian Sanders – Greyhound
  • Alan Stemp
  • Albert Siddle
  • Albert Wales
  • Alex Cartwright
  • Amy Tennant
  • Angus MacDonald
  • Ann D. Chambers
  • Anne Walton
  • Appleton Wiske Yorkshire Countrywomens Association
  • Art Shop
  • Association of Secretaries (Cleveland Branch)
  • Audrey Baker
  • Audrey MacDonald
  • Barbara Kell
  • Beatrice Cuthbertson
  • Brenda and George Flynn
  • Brian Tennant
  • Brian W Moor
  • Burts Carpets
  • Cecil Bell – 1937-1990
  • Cinderella Company & Cast 1989/90
  • Cleveland Shopping Centre Middlesbrough
  • Connie Adamson
  • Cora Reeves
  • Crabtree Security Darlington
  • Cummins Engine Co. Ltd
  • Darlington and District Federation of Townswomens’ Guild
  • Darlington Antique Collectors Club
  • Darlington Civic Theatre Box office Staff 1990
  • Darlington College of Technology Students’ Union
  • Darlington Historical Society
  • Darlington Lioness Club
  • Darlington National Women’s Register 30th Anniversary 1960-1990
  • Darlington Police Welfare Club
  • Darlington Police Wives
  • Darlington Women’s club
  • David I. Pedelty
  • David Jay
  • David Plumpton
  • David Swan
  • David W Norris
  • Dennis Eiriog Williams
  • Dennis Robinson
  • Doreen and Stan Dean
  • Dr and Mrs W.A. Henderson
  • Dr Sandra M. Nye
  • Dressers of Darlington
  • Elena Mikaelonva Dankova Ankers
  • Elizabeth Postle
  • Elizabeth Postle
  • Ella-Kate Nye
  • Elsie Siddle
  • Embroiderer’s Guild. Darlington Branch
  • Erie Quin
  • Ernie Quinn
  • F.C.;G & J.V. Carter
  • Fernedene Lodge Children’s nursery
  • First Theatre Productions Ltd
  • Florence R Robinson
  • Frank and Friends
  • Frank Brown and Walford Chartered Accounts
  • Frank Wake
  • G.H. Hepple
  • Geoff
  • George E Miller
  • Gillian S . Knowland
  • Gloria
  • Graham Tennant
  • Guisborough Theatre Club
  • Harry Adamson
  • Haughton Le Skerne Women’s Institute
  • Henry and Mercy Bartle
  • Hilary and Mike Hughes 2011
  • Hilary Stemp
  • Hummersknott School
  • I. Hepple
  • Ian Hughes
  • Inkland Ltd
  • J E Nevin
  • J.S. & A. Ellis
  • J.S. Black
  • Jean Hockaday
  • Jean Kendal Caunt
  • Jean Miller
  • Jean Soakell
  • Jeff Hockaday
  • Joan E Day (London)
  • Joan Swan
  • John and Christine Hall
  • John G. Chambers
  • John H. Mason
  • John M & Margaret R Philpot
  • John Tennant
  • Joyce (Joy) Dale
  • Joyce M Jackson
  • Jubilee Theatre Club
  • Judith Cartwright
  • K Home Engineering Ltd
  • Katherine Thurloway
  • Kathryn Anne Smith
  • Kathryn L Hobdell
  • Kenneth Burton
  • Kings C & C Services Ltd
  • Ladies of the Mayor’s Charity shop
  • Lamb’s Toy Shop
  • Lawrence, Joan & Elizabeth Farey
  • Len Bevis
  • Le-onnie
  • Leven Finance
  • Libby Roberts
  • Liz Duckworth
  • Lona Murray
  • Lumpy and Belinda, Pantomine Ponies 1989/90 Cinderella
  • Lynda Hughes
  • M. & B. Casy
  • M.M. Morrit
  • M.T. Laundy School of Dance
  • Marjorie Cox
  • Marjorie Sanders – Greyhound
  • Marks & Spencer Staff
  • Martin McEvoy Productions Ltd
  • Mary Irving
  • May Judge
  • Mayor of Darlington 1989-90 Councillor Barrie Lamb
  • Mayoress of Darlington 1989-90 Mrs Christine Lamb
  • Michael J Stamford-Bewlay
  • Mike Ringer – 27.4.90
  • Miss D. M. Hutchinson
  • Monica Graham
  • Mr & Mrs J. H. Eltringham
  • Mr & Mrs R.J. Hall & Mr & Mrs A.R. Leckie
  • Mr and Mrs David Cooke
  • Mr and Mrs E H Gott
  • Mr and Mrs E.W.T. Alderson
  • Mr and Mrs F. Wilkinson
  • Mr and Mrs J A Styobbs
  • Mr and Mrs J Pilot
  • Mr and Mrs J.B.M. Rowatt
  • Mr C.W. Botcherby
  • Mr Donald Henderson
  • Mr E. & Mrs J. Armstrong
  • Mr R Watson
  • Mr Ronald Snowdon
  • Mr W S Townsend
  • Mr W.C. Fletcher
  • Mrs B Fletcher
  • Mrs Cora Epton
  • Mrs D A Townsend
  • Mrs Jessie Nye
  • Mrs Joan E Snowdon
  • Mrs M. Black
  • Mrs Margo Newell
  • Mrs O. Dawling
  • Mrs P Watson
  • Mrs R.B. Botcherby
  • Mrs Sylvia N. Henderson
  • Nan, Lena and Babs
  • Newcastle Breweries
  • Newpalm Productions
  • Nigel J.C. Knowland
  • Niki Payne
  • Niven and Niven Architects
  • Norma Coverdale
  • Norman and Margaret Brookes
  • P.D. & F.M. Banks
  • P.J. Dawling
  • Pannell Kerr Forester Chartered Accountants
  • Paton and Baldwins
  • Patricia V Oldham
  • Paul Farrah
  • Pete Sanders – Greyhound
  • Peter Tod
  • Polam Hall School
  • R., G & E Wootten
  • R.A. (Roy) Chapman
  • R.C. Morgan
  • R.F. Abery
  • Rachel J Green
  • Ralph F Appleton
  • Raymond Baker
  • Renee Stepham Limited
  • Richard Bucklry
  • Robert Spence
  • Roper Insurance Brokers
  • Roseville Nursery
  • S. R. Horner
  • Saltburn and Marske Arts Society
  • Sanderson Townsend & Gilbert
  • Sheila Buckley
  • Sian Jay
  • Sidney S. Nye M.R.C.V.S.
  • Sidney S. Nye M.R.C.V.S.
  • Skippers Trucks
  • Sons of Temperance Friendly Society Darlington District
  • Sons of Temperance Friendly Society Darlington District
  • St Augustine’s Reportory Society
  • Stanley Robdrup
  • Stockton Inner Wheel Club
  • Sue and Ken Robinson
  • Ted Cox
  • Ted Judge
  • Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority
  • Teesdale Travel Bureau Ltd. Barnard Castle
  • The Kay Players
  • The National Council of Women Darlington & District Branch
  • The Soroptimist International of Darlington & District
  • The South Durham and North Yorkshire Flower Arranging Club
  • The Theatre Trust
  • Timmie Morrison
  • Tina Maso
  • Upper Wensleydale Ladies Luncheon club
  • Victoria Armstrong
  • W. Boyes & Co Ltd
  • W.A. Newton & S.F. Newton
  • W.E.A. Darlington Branch
  • What’s on Round Darlington Magazine
  • Whirligig Theatre
  • William Henry Wallworth
  • William Stokell
  • Wm Cuthbertson

If you were one of the supporters back in 1990/91 and would like to be reunited with your plaque or collect it on behalf of a family member or business, please email CivicTheatrePlaques@darlington.gov.uk with your name, address and contact details or call Heather Walkington on 01325 406104.

Source: Darlington Civic Theatre

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