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Pontefract Years in Focus 1980

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1980s

PONTEFRACT IN 1980

14th February 1980
WELL-KNOW THEATRICAL MR. VENNER

Following a fall in which he broke his leg Mr. Venner spent quite a time in hospital and recovered sufficiently to go home and resume his life - he lived alone in Rochdale. But more recently he became ill again and died in hospital on Friday. The cremation was to take place at Rochdale on Wednesday following a service in the Roman Catholic Church there.

Mr. Venner had adopted the  Roman Catholic faith late in life. For years after he and his company made a theatre furore in repertory at the Alexandra Cinema, Pontefract, when all his players lived and lodged with local people, Mr. Venner was remembered as the 'complete theatrical' in Pontefract. The stars of his company and himself locally rivalled the national film stars in popularity and their names were household words. He and his company could produce almost anything on demand, from period plays to Shakespeare, domestic comedy to farce both knockabout and sophisticated. Their photographs were kept by many of his Pontefract and Castleford fans and no one had had more than the Misses Hilda and Muriel Barnes, of Love Lane, Pontefract.

And it was only after a long interval of years when he seemed to have disappeared from the consciousness of local people and few had any news of him, that contact was established through the 'Express' and a cinema history writer of Mr. Mellor of Leeds. The result was Mr. Venner's first re-visit to Pontefract in many years took place a year last October. This was at the home of the Misses Barnes, where gathered other Pontefract 'fans' (all of whom he remembered by name.)


1980 INDEX


Years in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Pontefract news from the 1980's


 

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