Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West since 1997 and Chairman of the 1922 committee has accepted an invitation to become President of the Altrincham Garrick, succeeding Lady Joyce Montgomery, whose husband Sir Fergus Montgomery was also President for 32 years. He is pleased to become re-acquainted with the theatre which is a vibrant, inclusive, busy venue with a wide variety of art forms including plays, musicals, comedy, dance and concerts in a theatre with such a long, rich history at the forefront of the local community.
To mark his incumbency, Graham, and wife Victoria attended a special performance of ‘It Runs in the Family’ by Ray Cooney where he stated : “I am delighted to have been asked to be President of the Garrick and am looking forward to helping in whatever way I can’’.
Photograph from left to right Members of the Garrick Board of Trustees, Sandy McGuire, Hugh Everett, David Beddy and David Citrine along with Graham Brady and his wife Victoria.
Hugh Everett, Chair of the Board of Trustees said, in welcome, that he was ‘delighted that Graham Brady accepted our invitation to become President and help support one of the longest operating community cornerstones of the area. With no core funding, the Garrick relies entirely on our audiences, local businesses and charities such as The Lauriston Trust to be able to continue. By seeing our patrons as ambassadors and not just audience members, we want our local community to perceive the Garrick differently, as more than just a bold and current theatre – but a destination venue where everyone regardless of their background or experience can enjoy being involved in a spectrum of artistic activities and social groups throughout the day, every day.
We ask everyone to support us – our community is the lifeblood of what we do and what we want to go on to achieve. The success of the theatre is built on the Garrick’s ‘formula’ which is: Great, professional standard local theatre at affordable prices where everyone is welcome’.
The Garrick’s long serving full time Theatre Manager, Neville Roby, has seen the operation grow from a strong amateur society into a thriving community organisation. He added: “We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved but we’ve not forgotten our roots, as we look towards an exciting future and continue to adapt to what our audiences want to see. It’s important to remember that we are merely custodians of what has become a local institution and there’s a hundred years of history behind us. We’re in touch with our past but ready for our future.
We believe we are as relevant today as when we were founded over a century ago. Graham joining us as President couldn’t come at a more exciting time and we warmly welcome him to the Garrick family”. For further information, please contact Neville Roby, Theatre Manager on 0161 925 5133 or email at email@example.com