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‘Mum changed people’s lives’

TRIBUTES have flooded in for local woman Pauline Brand, founder of Solihull’s Union Theatre, who died at the weekend.

TRIBUTES have flooded in for local woman Pauline Brand, founder of Solihull’s Union Theatre, who died at the weekend.

Pauline,76, had set-up the drama troupe in 1977, directing dozens of productions and building a popular ensemble.

Her daughter Judith this week spoke of a woman who was “known by so many people”.

“A lot of us touch people’s lives, but mum actually changed them,” she said.

“I think that’s such a lovely thing. A lot of young people that she taught have gone through and done things that they wouldn’t have done otherwise.”

Pauline, aged 76, and her husband John had moved to Solihull in 1964. She taught at a number of local schools including Bishop Glancey (now St Peter’s), Sharmans Cross and Arden.

Apart from setting up the Union Theatre, the couple were also involved in the Scout & Guide movement, and helped to run the Christ Church’ youth club.

In her spare time, Pauline was a keen swimmer, competing at national level. She also took part in several European and World Masters competitions - the most recent was in Spain last September.

Pauline leaves behind two daughters, Judith and Anne-Louise, and two grandchildren.

The date of the funeral had not been confirmed as the Solihull News went to press - but we’ll be posting the details on our website (www.solihullnews.net).

 

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