JACK Hull, who died on January 15, aged 84 years was widely known in Taunton for his involvement with the amateur stage. He had been a member of Taunton Amateur Operatic Society since 1949 and had taken part in most productions from then until a few years ago. He played many minor roles and sang in the chorus and had played Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, Mr Snow in Carousel and Captain Andy in Showboat, when the Gazette headline ran "Captain Andy is Star."

He had been involved with the Wayfarers since the beginning and had taken part in pantomimes and had done the stage make-up for them, Bridgwater Operatic Society, Bridgwater Pantomime Society and many other local organisations.

Born in Taunton, Jack was educated at St John's, North Town and Huish Grammar School. He was the middle child in a family of three.

On leaving school he worked in the ticket office of the railway at Taunton, Barnstaple and Minehead. During the war he joined the Home Guard Taunton and later became a pilot with the Royal Air Force.

After the war he worked for the South Western Electricity Board as a Wayleave Officer until taking early retirement. This was followed by a short time with the Health Authority.

He married his wife Dorothy in 1947 and they lived in Bishop's Hull for many years. Sadly she died in 1984.

Latterly Jack joined Taunton Deane Ramblers, Taunton Dean Mail Voice Choir and took up ballroom dancing, folk dancing and foreign travel.

He leaves a son and daughter, grandchildren and great granddaughter.

Jacqueline and Peter would like to thank the staff of Orchard Court Nursing Home for the care and attention given to Jack during the last months of his life. Also thank you to Nigel Ford, funeral director for his sympathetic arrangements. Please accept this as personal acknowledgement of thanks to all those who attended the funeral service and those who have sent messages of condolence.