Andy Potter, the well-known local broadcaster, has kindly consented to be the new President of the Long Eaton based Chatsworth Arts Centre and the re-knowned Duchess Theatre. When asked if he would consider occupying this prestigious position, he said that he “would be delighted and honoured”. Andy commenced his tenure when he visited the usual coffee morning at the theatre on Saturday 8th May, where he received a very warm welcome when he was introduced to the members present. Mike Beedham, the Chairman expressed his pleasure when he handed over Mr. Potters official membership card..
Andy is no newcomer to the Chatsworth Centre, in his capacity as a local broadcaster he kept the listening public aware of the progress of the of the theatre, particularly during the rebuilding and alteration period which were required, following the disastrous fire in 2003. The Chatsworth Arts Centre management team were also delighted when Andy performed the official opening ceremony of the Theatre on September 10th 2010, in the presence of the Mayor and guests, when many local performance groups were involved in a specially written production.
In his welcoming introduction Mike Beedham, said “The Executive Committee and I are looking forward to the association with Andy. and promoting community theatre in the area. and to seeing him at the theatre both official and socially, over the coming months & years”.
When the Chatsworth Arts Centre was established back in the late 1980’s, the Duke of Devonshire became the President. Upon his death, the Dowager Duchess graciously took over the office.. However, since the demise of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire last year, the Chatsworth Arts Centre has been without a President until now.