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Peter I'Anson served his time as a financial accountant who worked in the cotton industry until ill health forced retirement in 1995.

Since retirement he has used his skills and knowledge of figures to assist various local organisations with their finances, whether simply auditing their books, or acting as treasurer and bookkeeper.

He always enjoys live theatre and has, as a patron, supported many amateur dramatic groups over many years, regularly attending performances across the area – especially The Garrick’s
When Burnley Garrick Club were in need of a new treasurer he was honoured to accept, after being assured that it was a small job that didn’t take much time.

It didn’t take him long to transform the financial reporting of the Garrick, providing them with financial forecast for the first time, and guiding the committee when deciding on how best to use the money available during the season.

The tight control of the money meant that future was becoming secure and all these years later there is still enough money for two more seasons!  On the downside, the treasurer’s job was no longer small and took up more and more of his time.

Failing health has meant he had to take the difficult decision to step down, but will be supporting the Garrick as a patron, and by offering advice when the committee ask.


Hazel Hodder, a doyen of community theatre began performing and dancing with Burnley Light Opera Society in her early teen on an annual basis eventually becoming the choreographer for this society for many years. She is now a life member of this group.

In the 1970s she became disappointed that the town of Burnley no longer had any organisation performing the traditional family pantomime and it was from here a journey of almost 40 years began. Burnley Pantomime Society first production was Cinderella performed in a local church hall in front of audiences totalling a couple of hundred over a few performances.

she made most of the costumes, family and friends created the sets and musical accompaniment.
From those humble beginnings Burnley Pantomime Society become a very highly regarded organisation which now performs to well over 4000 children and adults every year producing pantomimes which their audiences say can rival any major professional pantos across the North West.

é Her creative ideas have ensured the society continues to go from strength to strength through her roles of choreographer, director, producer and more recently chair, she is responsible for an integral part of the Burnley amateur theatre movement.


Kay Lilley started her amateur theatre career as an adult dancer in 1953 with Oldham Amateurs, and was also a dancer for Ashton during 1958 to 1973.

She was also the choreographer for Ashton as well as Trinity Methodist, Heywood Operatic Society, New Mills and North Manchester during the years 1960 to 1988, then Lydgate Music and Drama Society from 1992 to 1995. She also did a 10yrs stint as director and choreographer for Saddleworth Musical Society.
Recent years have been spent choreographing musicals at Millgate theatre in Delph, Guide Bridge Theatre and Kirkholt Society in Rochdale.

Kay has received many nominations and awards for her work.

She was one of the founder members of Congress Players and is now the President of the Society. She is passionate about what Congress stands for and supports the society in every way she can. She has been quoted in saying “I have had over 37 years of sheer joy and hell (but all worth it) with Congress Players”.

She has been a director, choreographer, wardrobe mistress, raffle and programme seller, even painted scenery and swept the stage – however would not change a thing. She says, "When I reflect back and see how much money Congress Players have raised for local charities across the North West it makes me feel very proud".