Operatic Society member’s award

Jilly-Anne Wilson of Ripon Amateur Operatic Society, Doreen Flockton, and RAOS president Dr Albert Day (s)
Jilly-Anne Wilson of Ripon Amateur Operatic Society, Doreen Flockton, and RAOS president Dr Albert Day (s)

A long-serving member of Ripon Amateur Operatic Society has been rewarded for her years of service by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.

Doreen Flockton, 80, joined the society when she was 19 and has appeared in numerous shows and productions over the years, as well as supporting the group behind the scenes.

Ms Flockton was presented with her medal recognising more than 60 years of membership as well as a framed certificate and flowers after the society’s production of Oh What a Night.

She said: “I had already been presented with awards for 20 and 40 years of members but I didn’t know much about my 60-year award until I found out the society had applied for it for me.

“On the night of the show I was quite surprised to be presented with it and I still think my daughter instigated it.

“At the end of the show they were talking about a 60-year presentation and I thought ‘I’m the only one that’s been here this long’.”

The society has played a pivotal role in Mrs Flockton’s life through the years as she met her husband of 47 years while there and her daughters have also been involved with the group over the years.

“He was doing his National Service when I first joined and it was when he came back that we got together. We got married and stayed together for 47 years before he died,” Mrs Flockton explained.

After her latest award, Mrs Flockton said she has no plans to give up her society membership and is hoping to keep performing in shows where she is able to.

She said: “I have kept going all these years, although I am not in as many shows now as I was before because I find it slightly more difficult getting up the stairs.

“I still enjoy supporting them and I still enjoy being a member. I have always been able to sing but it’s also a great way of meeting and making friends.

“Even though I don’t always get down to the rehearsals for the shows, I try and back up the society in any way they want me to. The youth group is also excellent so I try and help them where I can.”