Tony’s the toast of his peers at awards

Tony Peers
Tony Peers

SCARBOROUGH theatre impresario Tony Peers has been voted Producer of the Year at a glitzy star-studded awards show in London.

And the award comes just days before Scarborough Council is due to reveal plans for his Open Air Theatre production to mark the arrival of the Olympic Torch to Scarborough.

Mr Peers rubbed shoulders with several A-list celebrities at the Encore Magazine Awards as he picked up the prize at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

Stars from Coronation Street and EastEnders, as well as leading theatre stars, were present to see Mr Peers pick up his gong.

Guests were serenaded by the legendary Buddy Greco who, with his wife Lezlie Anders, wowed the audience with a selection from the Great American Songbook.

After receiving his award from Philip Lowrie, who plays Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street, a delighted Mr Peers said: “I am thrilled to receive the award and would like to share it with my directors, choreographers and artistes who, through their hard work and talent, made this possible”.

The award tops off another successful year for the theatre veteran, following his annual Summer Spectacular and pantomime, which last year was Aladdin.

However, he will now focus his immediate efforts on the Olympic show, which is set to take place at the Open Air Theatre when the torch arrives in Scarborough on Monday June 18.

Several thousand people are expected to attend the event, which the council has confirmed will be by invitation only.

Plans still have not been finalised for the event, but it is believed that a meeting between Mr Peers and the council tomorrow will lead to a subsequent announcement about the show.

If plans go ahead, the show is expected to feature local schoolchildren, as confirmed by Filey School headteacher Andy Dickinson.

Tickets have already been dished out to schools in the area as part of reward schemes, and winners of the Mayor’s Big Thank You awards are also on the guest list.