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Final show dedicated in honour of ‘adored’ James

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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THE life of a 38-year-old who passed away suddenly will be honoured after a radio play in which he starred will be dedicated to his memory.

James Dawn, of Repton, was one of the major players behind East Midlands Radio, an internet-based station set up to showcase the area across the world. He passed away on February 10.

His final work at the station was his involvement in a production called ‘Secrets’, described as an edgier style of Downtown Abbey.

His colleagues have now decided to mark the first transmission date on Sunday by dedicating the entire show to his memory.

Jessica Andrews, who wrote and directed the play, said: “He helped develop the idea and was deeply passionate about the show; it was his baby as much as mine.

“The cast adored him. He always had bundles of energy and enthusiasm. He even features as a small cameo role in episode one.

“We want to make this a success for him.”

Repton High Street was closed last week for James’s funeral at St Wystan’s Church.

Miss Andrews added: “They closed the street for him as he was that prominent a figure and we know that lots of people thought highly of him.”

The show is set in 1880 a in a swanky boutique hotel in Bath and features a plot ‘full of secrets, suspense and intrigue’.

Before his death, James said: “I’ve heard some snippets and the audience are in for a real treat.”

The entire lead cast are under 18 and the show makes it debut from 6.30pm on Sunday.

Before his passing, James was one of the leading lights behind the launch of the station last year.

The station is based at Donisthorpe Miner’s Welfare Centre and includes local people and national figures, and promotes local events and causes.

It also includes specialist music shows, special guests, a breakfast show and a variety of weekend shows based on different concepts.

To listen visit www.emiradio.co.uk or head online to https://www.facebook.com/secrets.radio.soap.opera

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