Tributes paid to ‘Voice of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’
Tributes have been paid to a former Eistedfodd Stage manager who has died after a short illness.
John Evans, who died on Thursday 19 October, was described as ‘the Voice of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’. He was also a past member of the Standing Board, past Chair of the Music and Staging Committee, and a member of Grounds Committee.
He was also a competitor when he sang with the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir.
A native of Acrefair, Mr Evans’ contribution was said to be essential ‘to the smooth running of the Eisteddfod.’
Eisteddfod volunteers have spoken fondly of his wicked sense of humour and of his dedication to the festival.
His Stage Crew have shared many happy memories in the last few days, in particular Mark Jones, John’s successor as Stage Manager.
He said “You just expect some people to be around forever. John was that, almost parental. I’ve a lot to owe to him dragging me up to the side of stage all those years ago, when he found me photocopying in the music office; he learnt that I was more interested in the technical side and it’s opened up more doors for me than could be imagined”.
He added, “there isn’t much that could be safely printed when it comes to tales of John, but his character will always live on and his company will be greatly missed.”
Elen Roberts remembers John when his family had the garage in Acrefair, where his first nickname, “John 4Star” originated. She recalls that every visit to the garage with her family would result in John grabbing a bag of sweets for her and her sister.
She says, “he remained a big kid at heart right to the end, with his usual unprintable jokes!”
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees at the Eisteddfod, long time friend and Eisteddfod colleague, Allison Davies said: “We are terribly sad to hear this news of John. He gave a lifetime of support to music and to our Eisteddfod.
“We have only survived through some difficult periods because of volunteers like John. He will be sorely missed by everyone and I know that his contribution to the Llangollen Eisteddfod will be remembered for years to come. Our thoughts are with John’s family at this time.”
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