Friends of Sheffield’s panto king Brian Platts have raised more than £5,000 for St Luke’s Hospice in his memory, only two weeks after his death.
Brian, the driving force behind Sheffield’s Manor Operatic Society and for many years the region’s best known Dame in the amateur theatre company’s hugely popular City Hall pantomime, died this month at the age of 76.
Brian - whose funeral is this afternoon at St Marie’s Cathedral - had been a keen supporter of a number of charities, but particularly St Luke’s Hospice to which he would donate his fees from speaking engagements.
A tribute page on the St Luke’s website has been set up in his memory and has already raised more than £5,000, including a contribution from his friends at Manor Operatic Society.
The page allows friends to add ‘thoughts’ as well as donations.
Chloe Winter wrote: “He was my inspiration. I used to go to the panto every year and all I ever wanted was to grow up and be like him. And I still do. He brought joy to the world - let’s keep sharing it.”
Anne Wanty said: “RIP Brian - I feel honoured to have known you. You made Manor what it is today. You will always be remembered as the legendary panto Dame as well as a true professional. Simply the best was your signature tune, and it always will be to me.”
Anne Richardson wrote: “Brian was larger than life in every way - he said things you’re not supposed to say yet made it okay! He believed in me and gave me chances no-one else did. I had the utmost love and respect for him. I send my love to his wife Maria and all the family.”
The ‘Brian Platts MBE - 1937 to 2013’ page says: “Sheffield’s much loved performer and Dame, Brian Platts, died on November 1 at the age of 76. He was a larger-than-life character with a big heart.”
To make a donation visit www.stlukestribute.org.uk/brianplatts-mbe