THE longest serving member of a Workington performing arts society has been honoured for his service.

Workington Amateur Operatic Society (WAOS) marked a significant milestone for its current longest serving member—Raymund McHugh, who is also being recorded as the longest serving member in the Societies 116 years history, at it's AGM last month.

Society President Norman Brayton recorded heartfelt thanks on behalf of all members and went on to pay tribute to Raymund for his contribution , on and off stage, for his outstanding dedication in over 70 years.

Notably, Raymund served on both wardrobe and selection committees , as Society archivist, and auditor .

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On stage, he fulfilled his passion for Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas and a countless number of musicals. Now in his early nineties Raymund only recently withdrew from active involvement on the Societies production selection committee following his move into residential care.

During last Octobers production of ‘ My Fair lady ‘ he was presented with a Diamond Pin Bar on behalf of the National body NODA ( National Operatic and Dramatic Association ) to mark his service to amateur theatre.

He continues to keep a watchful eye on all WAOS happenings and recently attended the ‘One Voice’concert with his seat already booked for the October production of ‘Shrek the Musical’.

Supporting all things musical in West Cumbria, Raymund a member of Flimby Male Voice Choir, and serving on the committee of the Workington Music and Dance festival.

WAOS President Norman Brayton said: “Take that well earned BOW Raymund….our sincere thanks."