Nostalgia: Follies at St Francis in 1980

Follies of St Francis Hospital, Haywards Heath, 1980 SUS-150309-110354001
Follies of St Francis Hospital, Haywards Heath, 1980 SUS-150309-110354001

Staff at St Francis Hospital, in Haywards Heath, set aside all things medical and stepped into show business in 1980.

An audience packed into the Norman Hay Hall to see a performance of The Follies of St Francis, which was directed by Cathy Burrows.

The show had a definite music hall / variety feel to it with plenty of songs and dances to keep the audience applauding.

Malcolm Cleroux crooned Gone Fishin’, while Renee Laker’s rendition of Send In The Clowns was constantly interrupted by Francesca Eade and Paul Heather, as the clowns.

Tim Cook, Howard Knoth, Derrick Collins and Nigel Simmonds took to the stage as The Wurzels to sing their hit song I Hate JR – very 1980!

Pictured from left are: Arthur Parry, Derrick Collins, Jackie Alger and Francesca Eade. The camel contained Nigel Simmonds and Michael Bachelor.

The hospital closed in November 1995 and was later converted into flats.

As for the Norman Hay Hall, it burned down in 2008.

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