Plaque honouring the founders of Bedford Marianettes – Eric and Joan


Founded in 1960, Bedford Marianettes, are an amateur theatre society, and for over six decades, the company has produced many memorable musical shows and concerts.

The founders and producers of Bedford Marianettes were Eric and Joan Pates who, through their boundless enthusiasm and their tireless dedication to musical theatre, gave entertainment and enjoyment to many.

The Marianettes belatedly celebrated their 60th anniversary during the last weekend of November and to pay recognition to Eric and Joan’s contribution to musical theatre in Bedford, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at Bedford Corn Exchange on Friday, November 26, 2021.