Tributes paid to ex-mayor and theatre founder

Ann Wayne
Ann Wayne

Tributes have been paid to a much respected Horncastle resident and former town mayor and councillor who died last Saturday.

Ann Wayne, 73, who passed away peacefully at her town centre home, was a stalwart of a number of organisations, including 
the Horncastle Theatre Company and St Mary’s Church.

She was a trustee of the Theatre Company and Horncastle Community Centre and a founder member of the town’s Twinning Association.

In an emotional tribute, husband Bob described Mrs Wayne as a “loyal, hard working and much loved” figure who would be sadly missed.

Mrs Wayne was born in London in 1940 but was brought up in Salisbury where she was educated at a convent school.

She started work in the theatre and featured in a number of major productions alongside the likes of Timothy West and Leonard Rossiter. She also shared digs with the cast of long-running TV soap “Crossroads.”

Mrs Wayne switched to work in theatre costume and was heavily involved in the original London production of ‘Fiddler On The Roof.’

Disillusioned with life in London, she moved to Lincolnshire in the early 
1970’s and lived in Dogdyke as a land worker. She then worked at a care home in Woodhall Spa.

She married Bob in 1977, living initially at Roughton before moving to Horncastle 35 years ago.

As a town councillor, Mrs Wayne was elected mayor for the first time in 1987. She was a passionate and forthright member of several committees including planning and flooding. She was also a leading figure in the town centre plan.

She was Horncastle’s official town crier for three years.

Mrs Wayne was one of the ‘foundation stones’ of the Horncastle Theatre Company, serving as chairman when it first started.

She was heavily involved in fund raising for the company and gained the support of several influential figures including actress Patricia Hodge who attended a function at South Ormsby Hall.

She started the town’s pantomime and wrote, directed, and appeared in a number of notable productions.

Last year, she directed the highly praised production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and starred as ‘Ma Peck’ in the 
one act play ‘The Rose and Crown.’

Despite being increasingly troubled by arthritis, Mrs Wayne continued to design and make costumes, many of which are stored in her ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of a cellar at home.

It is hoped to present the costumes to the drama department at Lincoln University where her granddaughter studies.

Mrs Wayne had one daughter, three step children,two grandchildren and five step grandchildren.

A family service is planned for Alford Crematorium on February 11 followed later in the day by a Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s.