28 Jul 2015
A plaque to commemorate the life of late actress Lynda Bellingham will be unveiled on 3 August at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
The Promenade at the theatre, which leads to the venue’s Second Space will be named after the star, who died in October 2014 aged 66.
Aylesbury Vale District Council has funded the plaque and Councillor Jenny Bloom, Chairman of the Council, will officially unveil it. She will be joined at the ceremony by members of Lynda’s family and representatives of the council and the theatre.
Lynda helped launch the theatre’s first season in 2010 and appeared on stage in Calendar Girls. She was born in Montreal in May 1948 but grew up in Aston Abbots near Aylesbury and attended Aylesbury High School.
Councillor Angela Macpherson, AVDC Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communities and Civic Amenities, said: “Lynda Bellingham was a talented actress, broadcaster and author whose work touched the lives of so many people. She was also a high-profile supporter of Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support and was honoured with an OBE for her charity work in 2014. It is therefore fitting that we remember her with the unveiling of this plaque in the town that played such a big part in her life when she was growing up.”
Elizabeth Adlington, Area Theatre Manager, said: “We are delighted that a commemorative plaque paying tribute to Lynda Bellingham will be installed at the Waterside Theatre. Lynda’s contribution to theatre, film and television makes it fitting for her memory to live on in her home town theatre. Members of the public are welcome to view the plaque and take time to reflect fondly on Lynda’s life and her connection to Aylesbury. We feel very privileged to have welcomed Lynda to the theatre when she lead a magnificent company of actors in the very popular production of Calendar Girls, during the theatre’s opening season.”
After studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Lynda enjoyed a steady succession of roles in theatre, film and television and was probably best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts.
She also appeared in All Creatures Great and Small and, in recent years, was on the panel of ITV’s Loose Women.