A lasting and poignant tribute will be made to the late television star Lynda Bellingham by naming part of the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre after her.
The promenade that leads to the theatre’s second space will take the name of the much-loved actress, broadcaster and author, who died last October at the age of 66 following a long battle with cancer.
A notice of motion, submitted by Councillor Howard Mordue and seconded by Councillor Janet Blake, was approved at a meeting of Aylesbury Vale District Council.
Lynda, who grew up in the district, was a firm supporter of the Waterside Theatre, taking part in the ‘topping out’ ceremony in April 2009. She also helped to launch the theatre’s first season in March 2010 and appeared on stage starring in Calendar Girls as part of that opening season.
Councillor Howard Mordue, Cabinet Member for Leisure at AVDC, said: “This is an opportunity to honour Lynda Bellingham on behalf of the people of Aylesbury Vale. Her rich and varied career is an excellent example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. It seemed apt to name part of the theatre in her memory and we hope future actors and theatre groups will be inspired by her wonderful legacy.”
Elizabeth Adlington, Chief Executive of Aylesbury Waterside, said: “Lynda’s support of Aylesbury Waterside Theatre makes this a fitting tribute to one of the entertainment industry’s most-loved names. I hope audiences will reflect fondly on the contribution Lynda made to theatre and entertainment when they visit The Waterside Theatre. We feel very privileged to have welcomed Lynda to the theatre on several occasions.”
Lynda was born in Montreal in May 1948 after her father, an airline pilot, moved there for work, but grew up in Aston Abbotts near Aylesbury.
After studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama, she enjoyed a steady succession of roles in theatre, film and television.
Lynda was a high-profile supporter of Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support and was honoured with an OBE for her charity work in 2014.