Colin Sanderson Theatre Bar

A much loved and respected solicitor affectionately known as ‘Mr Burnley Light Opera’

As chairman of the Burnley Light Opera Society Colin was immensely proud to lead such a popular and respected organisation.

In addition to his love and passion for the theatre Colin was a lifelong supporter and former director of Burnley Football Club, secretary and chairman of Burnley Lawn Tennis Club, chairman of the Round Table, president of Towneley Hall Society and vice chairman of the Burnley Silver Jubilee Committee.

Colin was particularly pleased with his role in the creation of the Hospital Radio service in the 1950s where as part of a group he successfully created a community radio service to receive outside broadcasts including musicals from the Empire Theatre and football commentary from Turf Moor, which was relayed from the theatre and Turf Moor to the hospital. His association with hospital radio lasted 25 years, such was Colin’s dedication.

A long term member of the Brierfield and Reedley Rotary Club, Colin held the office of President twice helping to raise funds for so many national and local causes.  His character has been summarised as generous, honest and gregarious, he was a man who got things done, and was respected in everything he did.

From 1986 he furthered his involvement with the Arts in Burnley as chairman of Burnley and District Arts Council.   He was a member of the local authority sub group charged with the reopening of Burnley Mechanics and continued to remain a central figure at the theatre for almost thirty years.

To mark his many achievements Burnley Leisure Trust are extremely honoured and proud to rename the Mechanics bar ‘The Colin Sanderson Theatre Bar’ as a tribute and thank you to such a dedicated supporter of the venue and local culture.

We give thanks to the memory of Colin for all the many ways he contributed and supported the refurbishment, launch and continued success of Burnley Mechanics.

 Colin Sanderson

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