NEVER TOO LATE – JIM SPENCE

Posted On December 2, 2018
December 02, 2018

Jim Spence tells us about how taking up performing later in life is the best thing ever

 

“I was up the Rose & Crown one night and a friend told me that Rickmansworth Players were looking for lepers for their production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

 

Now I had just retired after 50 years of working anti-social hours in the print industry and drama had always interested me.  So off I went and duly got selected., not realising it required me singing in chorus and solos. I was promoted to Centurion for the second act!   

 

Many pantomimes followed with the Kings Langley Players and although an old codger I was always welcomed and encouraged by the younger folk. This led to some film extra parts and TV and radio advertising work

 

While I was recovering from prostate cancer I was watching Deal or No Deal on TV and decided I’d like to take part. I applied and ended up appearing in the Christmas Special and had great banter with Noel Edmonds – and also had 2 weeks in a Bristol hotel with my wife  Shirley and won £750

 

Around that time I met up with Bob Arthy and together we started the FOPS (Friends of Prostate Suffers) organisation. 

He said “You need a guitar to spread the word Jimmy boy”. 

So at 72 years of age I started to learn guitar. Ten years on it’s the best thing I have ever done.

The highlight of this great performing experience has been appearing earlier this year with my Granddaughter Grace in Calamity Jane the Musical with KLMTC. We had a photo taken of us together at The Colonel’s Ball which just fills me with pride. 

 

All all this started with a simple conversation in the Rose & Crown.

 

Just goes to show, it’s never too late.

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