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Our heartfelt thanks to Brian, an original volunteer

Last Thursday April 12th saw the final day of work for long-time Ropetackle volunteer Brian Whipp.

Brian, 77, joined the Box Office team 11 years ago at the very beginning, when the ticketing system was more “manual” and a very far cry from the state-of-the-art, integrated system in use today. Brian, one of Ropetackle’s 60-plus-strong team of volunteers, brought professionalism and a methodical approach to the role, and was a hugely popular face on the front desk.

The avid Brighton and Hove Albion fan really made the job his own. “I had never really met the public much in my previous occupation. I was a signalman for British Rail, which was completely different. But obviously, communication was very important in that job as well.

“I think {Ropetackle} is a marvellous place. We have managed to encourage people from a very wide spectrum to come along and see different things…It was a difficult decision to step down and I know I will miss it, but I think I have done my bit.

“In the end,” he said with a smile, “it was about time I allowed someone younger to come in now and find a niche.”

Brian’s leaving party saw more than 50 staff, volunteers and trustees, gather to raise their glasses and say their fond goodbyes. He and his wife Lorna now plan to travel more in their beloved camper van. “I have got plenty of plans and energy,” he says.

Pictured above: Brian, sitting on “Brian’s Chair”, receives a fond farewell from his legion of fans.

and below, his exceedingly delicious cake made by the Ropetackle Cafe.