A GROUP of former pupils from a Northumberland high school are to stage a performance of a Shakespeare play in memory of a much-loved teacher.
The former pupils of Haydon Bridge High School are putting on The Tempest in honour of teacher Mike Fry, who died in 2009.
The play – being performed at the school from April 13 to 16 – will be the first production of the Mike Fry Foundation, which has been set up to support youngsters working in the arts in rural Northumberland.
Mr Fry was the inspirational drama teacher at Haydon Bridge High School until his untimely death from brain cancer and a stroke in September 2009.
Determined to preserve his memory, former pupils led by Graham Lindup, who is chairing the committee, have set up the Foundation in their teacher’s name.
He said: “Mike loved his Shakespeare, among all the arts, and it is apt that we should have a Shakespeare as the Foundation’s first stage event.
“Rehearsals are well under way and we know we have to get it right – for Mike will be up there watching our every move.”
Former pupils Geoff Jones, Becky Scott, Caz Grace, Elliot Wallis, Dicky Gardner, James Gardner, and Benny Grace will grace the stage, with Mr Lindup himself playing Ferdinand.
Marketing and membership manager Daisy Ford said: “The launch was a very friendly event and we got quite a lot done – everybody who came had a great time.
“We will be organising a series of social events with details going up on Facebook, and hope to raise a good sum in Mike’s name.”