Farewell to county radio star Arnold Peters

Arnold Peters at home with his scripts
Arnold Peters at home with his scripts

Friends and family gathered for a thanksgiving service for veteran actor and Wellingborough resident Arnold Peters.

Mr Peters, who was known for his role as Jack Woolley in The Archers for more than 30 years, died on May 11 at the age of 87 after suffering from Alzheimer’s, a disease which also affected his character – although he continued to perform until July 2011 despite the condition.

During the service held at All Hallows Church in Wellingborough today (Thursday), the Rev George Burgon, who was a former curate at All Hallows, spoke of Mr Peters’ involvement in the church and youth work.

‘All the world’s a stage’ was read by Spencer Banks and the Oriana Singers sang John Rutter’s ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’.

Former editor of the Archers, Vanessa Whitburn, remembered Mr Peters as Jack Woolley and spoke warmly of his sensitive portrayal of someone with Alzheimer’s.

The Rev David Saint, who is a former curate of All Hallows, friend of the family and was Mr Peters’ producer at Radio Northampton for the Turning Back of the Years programme, conducted the service.

He spoke of Mr Peters’ involvement with many Wellingborough drama and musical groups, and as a final tribute to him invited the congregation to offer a round of applause.

Mr Peters, whose real name was Peter Gadd, is survived by his wife Beryl, their daughter Caroline and two granddaughters, Abigail and Polly.

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