Ted takes to the boards

Photo of the cast from the play Patience ''Pictured: Polly Carnegie (As Patience) and Ted Ashton
Photo of the cast from the play Patience ''Pictured: Polly Carnegie (As Patience) and Ted Ashton
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RETIRED solicitor Ted Ashton found himself in a different legal role this week when he took to the stage in the Bury Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Mr Ashton plays the role of solicitor and wore his grandfather’s suit dating back to 1929 for the performance.

Ted stepped up to the role with just a couple of weeks’ notice and said: “I have very much enjoyed it.”

His grandfather Henry Bankes Ashton was the founder of Ashton’s solicitors and it was in his office in 1902 that the inaugural meeting of the society was held.

Ted’s grandfather was the first honorary solicitor for the society and on his death his son Tom Ashton, a senior partner in Bankes Ashton, took over.

On Tom’s death in 1970 the role went to Ted’s cousin and in 1976 Ted took on the role until 2001 when he retired from Ashton Graham. The firm is now known as Ashton KCJ.

Ted, who has performed in shows for the society, said: “I tend to hoard things and most of my family are the same sort of shape. I still have a dinner jacket that goes back to 1910.”