Tributes paid to well known sound technician John Roe

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Tributes have been paid to a well known sound technician who provided audio, radio and public address services for nearly 40 years.

John Roe, who died aged 71, provided sound facilities for the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds and audio/recording services for the local council - working on civic events including two visits by the Queen.

He recorded and produced programmes for local radio, ran discos at venues around the region and provided sound facilities for major public events, symposiums and organisations including the Freemasons. He also helped charities with fund-raising.

Those who worked with Mr Roe, of Shelland Green, near Stowmarket, have praised him as a ‘jolly, friendly, dependable and intuitive professional’.

Stephen Walton served as the administrator (general manager/artistic director) at the Theatre Royal from 1981 to 1990.

He said: “We didn’t have any sound equipment and John used to provide everything. He was one of the family and highly respected by all of the technicians and by the visiting companies.

“He was always jolly, reliable, friendly and always used to say ‘bless you’. He was a lovely, lovely man.”

Ruth Pusterla, secretary to the mayor of St Edmundsbury, organised many of the civic events that depended on Mr Roe’s services.

She said: “John played an important role in civic functions, making sure everyone attending could hear what was going on and could therefore take part. He was so dependable, intuitive and professional - it was always a pleasure working with him.”

Mr Roe was born into a farming family at Shelland Green and attended Moreton Hall School, in Bury, and King’s School, in Ely.

A visit to a BBC theatre in London sparked an interest in radio and he joined the BBC in 1963 working initially as an examiner at the Ealing film studios and then on projects at the TV centre including Blue Peter.

He set up his business at his home in Shelland Green when he left the BBC in 1976.

For radio he worked on shows including the farming programme which was broadcast weekly on Radio Orwell, Saxon Radio and Broadland FM. He is survived by a sister and brother and his funeral was held on Monday at Shelland Green Church.