Death of former Futurist manager

Ian Carpendale.'Recent h/s.'114858. Picture Kevin Allen.'03/01/12.
Ian Carpendale.'Recent h/s.'114858. Picture Kevin Allen.'03/01/12.

IAN CARPENDALE, a former manager of the Futurist Theatre, has died aged 63.

Scarborough-born Mr Carpendale, who ran the theatre from about 1990 to 2002, suffered a massive heart attack on New Year’s Day.

He was at the Seamer home of his mother Mary, who discovered him at his computer.

The funeral, to be held at Octon next week, has been delayed as Mrs Carpendale, who was 91 the day after her son died, broke her hip on her way to registering the death.

Mr Carpendale was devoted to his mother, who worked alongside him at the Floral Hall and Futurist as wardrobe mistress during summer shows.

He oversaw summer seasons by numerous household names including Joe Longthorne, Brian Conley, Cannon & Ball, Michael Barrymore and Billy Pearce.

One of the biggest shows during Mr Carpendale’s tenure was by Shirley Bassey, who filled the venue – the country’s 13th largest theatre – in the early 1990s.

Other popular shows were by Daniel O’Donnell, Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmondsen, Steps and Ken Dodd.

Mr Carpendale attended Westwood County Modern School.

He worked in the Town Hall’s finance department and then moved to the Floral Hall, a theatre on the site now occupied by the Alexandra bowls centre, for most of the 1970s.

Shaun Browne, manager of the venue from 1969 until 1983, three years before it closed, said Mr Carpendale worked backstage at first and then began operating its complex electricity board. Mr Browne, 84, became manager of the Futurist from 1983-84, when it was owned by Robert Luff. He said: “He was a nice lad and I liked him very much. He was very dependable and loved theatre work.”

After Mr Carpendale left the Futurist, he worked at Pindar Print and took early retirement when he turned 60.

He threw himself into voluntary work for Marie Curie Cancer Care, when the charity had an office next door to his home in Belle Vue Street.

Area fundraising manager Cheryl Barrett said: “He saw us struggling with things and for three years became a full-time volunteer. He helped us enormously and was treasurer of our fundraising group in the town, which last year raised about £20,000. We will miss him terribly”.

Mr Carpendale ran Marie Curie’s Scarborough collections, a time-consuming task which involved a lot of legwork, and was working for the charity three days before he died.

Andrew Nesbit, the Futurist’s current manager and a friend of Mr Carpendale, said: “It’s a great shame; he was a very nice fella – it’s a great shock.”