PENDLE Hippodrome's Youth Theatre boss has stepped down on a high after staging a spectacular Phantom Of The Opera production.

Bev Hemingway took over the role from Paul Thompson four years ago. Her successor has been named as Julie Scott, who has been Secretary of the Youth Theatre for many years. She is also a member of the props team for both the Youth and Hippodrome Theatre Company.

Bev will not be leaving the theatre however, but will continue to serve as a member of the committe.

Julie is looking forward to her new and challenging role.

Bev was presented with a thank you gift from members of the Youth Theatre in appreciation of her sterling work over the past four years.

The new committee is comprised of Cecilia Harrison as Honorary President, Julie Scott as Chairman and Gillian Mason, Secretary. Committee members include Kathryn Fothergill, Bev Hemingway, Lisa Manley, Russell Piercy, Angela Schofield, Vicky Royle, youth reps, Chloe Richardson, Brogan Riley, Ella Thompson. Dave Farrer is Board of Directors Representative. The role of Treasurer is currently vacant.