Tribute to a valued drama teacher

GOOD teachers are special people. Whether it was because they believed in us, inspired us, or went the extra mile to help - we remember them for the rest of our lives.

GOOD teachers are special people. Whether it was because they believed in us, inspired us, or went the extra mile to help - we remember them for the rest of our lives.

I bet drama teacher Hazel Martin features in the fond reminiscences of hundreds of Aylsham High School pupils in the years to come as they tackle careers, bring up their own kids and pass on memories to grandchildren.

She has been the director and driving force behind a decade of Aylsham High productions, including Hello Dolly earlier this month.

I wasn't able to see the latest show, but two family members who did assure me that it was up to the exceptionally-high standard Aylsham audiences have come to accept as the norm and which I can vouch for, having seen previous productions.


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The kids taking part absolutely love it. They sing, act, dance, dress up and are feted by an adoring public - what teen wouldn't keep coming back for more?

But giving those starlets their big moment takes a great deal of extra-curricular time and hard work, willingly given by a band of dedicated adults, with Hazel at the helm.

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Among the team of stalwarts who have helped her for most of the past 10 years are piano accompanist Jill Deane, and senior citizen set-builders Ted Walker, Dick Spencer and Geoff Clifford.

Without all of them, there would be a lot of frustrated talent out there - and a lot of missed fun and friendships.

Here's a rare glimpse behind the Aylsham High School stage: take a bow pianist Jill Deane and the school's dramatic leading lady,

Hazel Martin.

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