It was with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Terence Caine.
A member of the Society since 1960 and a natural raconteur, Terry had loads of tales about ‘the old days’ of the BCP which he would enthusiastically tell to younger members over a pint in Columba Club.
Martin McEvoy posted a memory about Terry on Facebook: “Many years ago Sadlers Wells Opera played the Alhambra for a week. Basil Walsh had been tasked with finding “extras” and Terry Caine and I appeared in Offenbach’s opera “Bluebeard and his Six Wives”. This piece is great fun and very much like a panto. I was the front end of a horse and Terry was the back end! Without Terry I would never have made my professional debut with SWO (Basil negotiated a fee of 15 shillings). I believe Terry also worked at Grattan, as did my Dad. RIP Terry”
Terry took part in many shows and concerts during his younger days and was the society’s Chairman for a great many years. When he felt that his time ‘treading the boards’ was perhaps behind him, Terry didn’t need any encouragement to get fully involved back-stage and was instrumental in making props and scenery for our shows. More recently, he took to the ‘gods‘ where he and his side-kick, Ian Hamilton, could be seen dangling in safety harnesses from the perches of the Alhambra Theatre’s Upper Circle as our follow-spot operators.
He’ll be greatly missed.
Funeral details will be posted here and on the BCP Facebook page when available.