George Pulley was a member of the Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group way back in the 1950’s and rejoined again in the 1980’s.
He was a stalwart of the group until his untimely death on 31 January and was Chairman and later Secretary for many years.
George supported the group fully by acting, directing, helping back stage plus always attending social events and as Social Secretary organised many unforgettable such events for us, including the infamous weekend at the Dover Harbour Hotel in 2004 (the screen rights of which are still available).
As regards the parts he took over the years, he will probably be best remembered for his portrayal of the Stationmaster in The Ghost Train, Roger in Outside Edge, the henpecked husband in the classic Abigail’s Party and General Schmelling in ‘Allo, ‘Allo. Also wherever there was a call for a part as a police detective, George usually fitted the bill (no pun intended).
He directed some of the best plays we have put on including Stepping Out and more recently Abandonment. His last role on stage was to read Noel Coward’s ‘Don’t Let’s be Beastly to the Huns’ as part of the Brief Encounter with Noel Coward evening in November, but he will be best remembered by me for his portrayal of Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off, a part he was born to play, and where I first came to see him in my eyes as Old Chuffer, the actor/manager.
As Chuffer he featured regularly in my weekly Oxford Mail blog on life in an amateur dramatic group. I have received enquiries from far and wide, even Canada, as to what Chuffer had been up to of late, such was his fame.
George had only just returned from a month in Malta and we never did get the full story of how he got on.
He was a member of our Dramarama Sunday night pub quiz team and always volunteered to play for the group in the Oxfordshire Drama Network quiz, being very knowledgeable on geography, in particular the United States where he loved to visit.
As George exits stage left he will be sorely missed by many both here and in Faringdon where he moved to a few years ago. Cheers George, it was nice knowing you.
Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group.
Pic: George Pulley as General Schmelling in the Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group production of ‘Allo, ‘Allo.