Friars keen to build bridges with returning theatre boss

Former Waterside Theatre boss Jamie Baskeyfield with Friars promotor David Stopps.
Former Waterside Theatre boss Jamie Baskeyfield with Friars promotor David Stopps.

After the initial shock of Waterside manager Jamie Baskeyfield’s sudden departure, Friars is keen to build bridges with Elizabeth Adlington who has returned as area theatre manager.

Friars promoter David Stopps initially called Baskeyfield’s departure a disaster for the town, but reconciliation is now on the cards.

His son Joseph Stopps, who is part of the Friars club team, said: “David was shocked when he first heard Jamie was leaving, but we have since sat down and discussed it. We do remain concerned but we are trying to take a positive view on this and we are going to try really hard to make it work.

“David and Jamie really got on well and spoke the same language, there was great understanding there.

“But we’ve seen how much enthusiasm there is for the club with the Waterside team and we are going to do everything we can to continue.”

David Stopps is currently abroad and Elizabeth Adlington is at a conference, but Joseph confirmed that a meeting would be planned between them.

He said: “I have been told from the Waterside that they are keen to build bridges, and so are we.

“We want everyone to be on the same side moving forward with Friars.”