MEMBERS of an amateur theatre group are mourning the loss of one of its greatest leaders and supporters.
Ann Clark, 67, much loved chairman of Ruislip Dramatic Society for 10 years, died on June 29 in Bishops Wood Hospital, Northwood, following a long battle with cancer.
As well as running her own drama society, Mrs Clark championed many other groups by attending productions, exchanging ideas and assisting members with their own front of house shows.
David Iggulden, publicity coordinator for Ruislip Dramatic Society, who worked closely with Mrs Clark for the past six years, described her enthusiasm as highly infectious.
He said: "Many people will remember Ann for her role in organising the front of house team for her drama group, and in particular for always being in the theatre foyer to provide a warm welcome to audience members, as they arrived for a production.
"She was a remarkable lady, whose strong leadership took the group from strength to strength and inspired us all even when times were tough."
The society recently received the National Operatic and Dramatic Association Pat Redhead Drama Award, for its production of Daphne du Maurier's acclaimed novel, Rebecca.
In recognition of Mrs Clark's incredible contribution, she and husband Roy, who lived in Pinner, were named winners of the Hillingdon Arts Association Award, for outstanding services to the arts in the borough.
More than 150 people attended Mrs Clark's funeral last Monday at Pinner Parish Church, to pay their respects and celebrate the life of a woman who so selflessly gave her time and energy to others.
Mr Iggulden added: "Ann leaves a wonderful theatrical legacy to the borough, and I am sure that all those who had the privilege to know and work with her would agree that she will be a very hard act to follow."