Playwright and author Eric Pringle, who retired to Ledbury in 1999, passed away last Thursday (13th April) at the age of 81.
Eric wrote a number of TV scripts, including The Pretenders (1972) and The Carnforth Practice (1974). He was also commissioned, in 1975, to write a two-part serial entitled The Angurth for the popular Doctor Who's thirteenth season. However, that script was never broadcast - instead it was heavily modified and renamed The Awakening, eventually being released as a book instead, in 1992.
His play Meeting Bea, about the life of Beatrix Potter, was originally broadcast on Radio 4 in 1993. Eric had lived in Kendal for about 30 years before moving to Ledbury. Meeting Bea was performed by Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society (LADS) in 2002.
Another of Eric's plays, Hymus Paradisi, about the life of composer Herbert Howells, won a Sony Award.
In 2005, Eric wrote It's a Mystery - a brand new script for a modern version of the centuries-old Mystery Plays, which was performed in the Parish Church at Easter that year. The music for this was written by local composer John Frith. A number of LADS members were involved, and it was my honour to be in charge of lighting and sound - some of the most demanding technical theatre I have ever undertaken.