‘Fitting tribute’ to retiring Worthing theatres manager

Peter Bailey
Peter Bailey

A “FANTASTIC send-off” was given to Worthing’s retiring theatres manager when stars of the stage and screen paid tribute to him.

Last Thursday, July 26, a leaving do was held for Peter Bailey at the Denton Lounge on Worthing Pier and was attended by between 150 and 200 people, made up of colleagues, friends and family.

Peter, 60, will officially retire this month after 30 years in charge as the manager of Worthing’s theatres.

On the evening, Peter’s former boss, Hywel Griffiths, paid tribute to him with a detailed speech, including slides, highlighting Peter’s career.

This included when Peter first started work in London, through to his move to Worthing and 30-year stint managing the theatres.

But the tributes also came from a couple of legends of the screen and stage who have both performed in Worthing’s theatres.

In messages to Peter, Des O’Connor and Ken Dodd wished him a happy retirement.

Des O’Connor said: “Worthing Pavilion was always fun to play – great audience and very good facilities for the artiste – and Peter Bailey can take much of the credit for that. I wish him a happy retirement and I know he will be missed.”

Ken Dodd said: “To Peter the great. Wishing you good health and happiness always.”

Peter described the leaving do and well-wishing calls from artistes and producers who worked with him as “humbling”.

He said: “From my point of view, I just feel like I’m doing my job, but it’s a bit humbling to have producers and artistes contact me and say ‘you’re one of the nice guys’. “It was a fantastic send-off and I’m very grateful to the organisers. It was a fitting tribute.”