Plaque in memory of Lynda Bellingham to be unveiled at Waterside Theatre

Lynda Bellingham
Lynda Bellingham

A plaque to commemorate the life of late actress Lynda Bellingham is to be unveiled at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.

The promenade at the theatre, which leads to the venue’s second space will be named after the star, who died in October 2014 aged 66.

Councillor Jenny Bloom, chairman of the district council, will officially unveil it, joined at the ceremony by members of Lynda’s family.

Lynda helped launch the theatre’s first season in 2010 and appeared on the Waterside’s stage in Calendar Girls.

She was born in Montreal in May 1948 but grew up in Aston Abbotts and attended Aylesbury High School.

Councillor Angela Macpherson, cabinet member for leisure, communities and civic amenities said: “Lynda Bellingham was a talented actress, broadcaster and author whose work touched the lives of so many people.

“She was also a high-profile supporter of Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support and was honoured with an OBE for her charity work in 2014.

“It is therefore fitting that we remember her with the unveiling of this plaque in the town that played such a big part in her life when she was growing up.”

Elizabeth Adlington, area theatre manager added: “We are delighted that a commemorative plaque paying tribute to Lynda Bellingham will be installed at the Waterside Theatre.

“Lynda’s contribution to theatre, film and television makes it fitting for her memory to live on in her home town theatre.

“Members of the public are welcome to view the plaque and take time to reflect fondly on Lynda’s life and her connection to Aylesbury.

“We feel very privileged to have welcomed Lynda to the theatre when she lead a magnificent company of actors in the very popular production of Calendar Girls, during the theatre’s opening season.”

After studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Lynda enjoyed a steady succession of roles in theatre, film and television and was best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts.

She also appeared in All Creatures Great and Small and, in recent years, was a regular panellist on ITV’s Loose Women.