ACTRESS Sue Devaney attended afternoon tea at the Mayor’s Parlour at Rochdale Town Hall to receive a presitigious Mayor’s Commendation Award.
The award, under the theme ‘Proud of Rochdale, Proud of You’ recognises Sue’s outstanding contribution to acting and entertainment, in particular with the borough of Rochdale.
Sue is currently playing Rochdale’s most famous export, Dame Gracie Fields, in Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s production of Our Gracie, a new play by Philip Goulding on the life of the famous singer, actress and comedienne, which runs until Saturday 26 March.
On playing Gracie Fields, Sue said “I think as a northern actress growing up in Rochdale Gracie has always been a part of my heritage. I hope I do her and Rochdale proud.”
Before attending afternoon tea with the Mayor and Mayoress, Sue visited Touchstones Museum in Rochdale to look at photographs of Gracie Fields and the collection of programmes from her many stage appearances.
Sue commented: “She was so popular, sometimes when she finished a show she would be paraded through the West End, but she always stayed down to earth.”
Sue Devaney grew up in Rochdale and trained at Oldham Theatre Workshop. She landed her first big acting job, as Debbie Webster on Coronation Street, when she was 17 years old and became a familiar face on television screens with regular roles on Casualty and Dinnerladies.
Sue is also a successful theatre actress and completed an international tour playing Rosie in Mamma Mia in late 2015.
Sue also attended the unveiling of the third plaque on the Gracie Fields tourist trail currently being unveiled across the town of Rochdale.
The trail is marked by eight purple plaques to be erected over the coming months in places that were significant in the actress’s life, followed by a statue close to Rochdale Town Hall.
The first plaque was unveiled in January in Molesworth Street, where Gracie Fields was born 118 years ago. The second was unveiled in February on Newgate House, the site of The Old Circus, where Gracie first performed on stage at the age of seven.
Our Gracie runs at Oldham Coliseum Theatre from Friday 4 – Saturday 26 March 2016. Tickets can be booked on 0161 624 2829 or at www.coliseum.org.uk