Shropshire

Plaque honours aspiring Shropshire actress

Vicky Leach (pic: Ann-Mary Leach)
Image caption Vicky Leach was very bubbly and happy, her mother said

A plaque at a theatre has been dedicated to a young aspiring actress who died after having an asthma attack.

The name of Vicky Leach, 25, who died in 2007, has been attached to a seat in the auditorium at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury.

Her mother, Ann-Mary, said her daughter, from Nesscliffe, wanted to work at the venue.

She added: "She felt that by working here she would get that break that she needed."

'Fell in love'

The theatre in Frankwell was built at a cost of £30m and opened in February 2009.

Image caption The plaque has been attached to a seat

Her mother added: "She hadn't seen the completed theatre, because they were still building it.

"She wanted to work here so that she [could] get her foot in the doorway, so she could get into the acting business, which was her one dream, being an actress, Shakespearean actress.

"She was a very bubbly, happy, bouncy person. Everybody that met her just fell in love with her."

The theatre site includes a 650-seat main auditorium, a 250-seat studio theatre and a dance studio.

In March last year the venue was officially opened by the Earl of Wessex during a visit to Shrewsbury.

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