WHEN Hereford Gilbert & Sullivan Society put out the call for a missing programme from its 60 year archive, former society stalwart Doreen Williams came to the rescue, having herself decided to compile a scrapbook of her 25 years on stage some while previous.

Now 94, widowed and living with her family in Breinton, Doreen has fond memories of her life in the footlights - mainly at Hereford's Kemble Theatre on Broad Street.

She brought up two sons, Roger and Peter, who still live in Hereford, and worked in a bank, a bookshop and at Hereford Technical College before retiring to care for husband Ken, whom she had met while rehearsing for the society's first production in 1948 of The Gondoliers. They married a year later.

The society presented The Gondoliers again, in 1953, and Ken and Doreen also appeared in the show.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Hereford G&S will perform Die Fledermaus at Hereford Courtyard from next Tuesday, March 20, to March 24.