TRIBUTES have been paid to a stalwart of Worcestershire’s amateur theatrical scene, who died peacefully on Saturday, aged 82.

Robert Wilson MBE, who would have turned 83 yesterday, performed, produced and directed for a large number of groups across the region and also raised funds for local and international causes.

Ian Cox of the West Midlands branch of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association said: “Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Robert will remember a gentleman of warmth and stature who, throughout his life, was totally committed to improving the lives of others.

“It is impossible in just a few words to summarise the enormous contribution that Robert has made to arts throughout the West Midlands where he was so widely known, respected and loved across such a large number of societies. Our condolences and prayers are with Robert’s wife Sue, family and friends.”

Among the groups Mr Wilson worked with are Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society, Malvern Theatre, Hereford Musical Theatre Company, Opera Worcester, Worcester Musical Theatre Company, Worcester Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Swan Theatre Company, Kays Theatre Group, BMOS Musical Theatre Company, Evesham Operatic and Dramatic Society, and the Norbury Theatre.

Mr Cox said: “All will miss Robert’s friendship, drive and dedication.

“We have been proud and privileged to have received the support that Robert and Sue have provided as joint members of NODA for over 55 years. Karen and I will miss Robert’s excellent company very much at both regional, national conferences and numerous productions.”

When Mr Wilson was awarded the MBE, he said: “I’ve been involved in music and theatre since my teens. My father, Walter Wilson, first got me involved when I was about 14 or 15.”

Mr Wilson’s first appearance was with Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society in Showboat.