Clyde Region was saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two former colleagues who contributed greatly to the success of the Glasgow Gang Show over decades.
Eric Edmonds: 15th December 1927 – 16th October 2015
Eric was an active leader in the 9th Glasgow Scout Group for many years as part of a Scouting family, with wife Rae and daughter Ann. He had a natural talent for the performing arts with a splendid singing voice and a great sense of humour. He was a cast member of Gang Show on many occasions during its glory days in the Kings Theatre. He became Chair of ‘The 39 Club’, which was the Gang Show support group raising funds and publicity for Glasgow Gang Show. Eric also co-formed and helped to run a theatre group that involved Gang Show cast members in other shows and light entertainment throughout the year. At his funeral scores of former Gang Show cast members (complete with ‘red neckies’) turned out to pay their respects, joining in a moving performance of ‘These are the Times’ at the conclusion of the service.
Ian Grant: 14th March 1936 – 7th October 2015
Ian was an adult leader in the 29th Glasgow (Sea Scout) Troop for many years contributing to its success as the only Royal Navy recognised Troop in Glasgow. He was also Assistant Area Commissioner with responsibility for water activities. Ian was a smart and highly organised person with the capacity to manage young people to realise their potential. He joined the Gang Show team and became Head of Personnel, which involved looking after all non-performing aspects of the cast, creating the team spirit and ethos that are so essential to Gang Show. Ian was also active in Rotary where his organisational skills were put to great use. His funeral was attended by a large congregation, including colleagues from Gang Show and from Rotary. Ian is survived by his wife Mary and daughters Pamela and Yvonne.
Thanks to Graham Beastall for these memories of Eric and Ian.Author: Gary Bainbridge