THE Three Towns Operatic Society welcomes the return of seasoned campaigners Barbara Mayers and Ken Rees in its spring production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard.

Following auditions Barbara and Ken will be starring alongside talented Three Towns principals at the production due to be staged from May 7 to 11 at St Joseph’s Hall, Chapel Street, Leigh.

Barbara is eager to play the role of Dame Carruthers, housekeeper to the Tower of London, who sees the comings and goings of the Yeomen and all held in the tower.

She performed with the society for many years and is renowned for her character acting.

Her speciality is comedy, and she is particularly remembered for her amusing interpretation of the role of Tessa in The Gondoliers. She also played the part of Leila in Iolanthe.

Ken will play the part of Sergeant Meryll. Previously he has played the roles of the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Dr Daly, the vicar in The Sorcerer and Giuseppe Palmieri in The Gondoliers.

Other cast members will be David Kay as Jack Point, Victoria Goulden as Elsie Maynard, Tony Meehan as Wilfred Shadbolt, David Griffiths as Colonel Fairfax, Bryony Wilmington as Pheobe Meryll, David Reeves as Sir Richard Cholmondley, Kerry Casey as Kate, Edward Magenty as First Yeoman, Mel Bailey as Second Yeoman, Bill Dutton as First Citizen, Rob McGee as Second Citizen and Bob Britton as the Priest.