IT’S the comeback he never thought he’d be able to make, but Ted Hever will once again take to the stage, against all the odds.
Last year, Ted, 75, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, put on a special concert at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
A member of Halifax Light Opera for 60 years, it was thought it would be Ted’s last appearance as it was expected his condition would worsen.
But thankfully he is well enough to return and pick up his baton.
His wife Margaret, 71, said: “He hasn’t deteriotated as quickly as he thought he would so he felt he would be up to giving it another go. I don’t think he’s much worse than he was last year.
“His memory is getting a little bit worse. It’s taken him a lot longer to sort his music out this year.
“But he’s on a an even keel.
“If he can do this it’s keeping his mind occupied. Music has been his life and if he doesn’t have music, he hasn’t any hobbies.” Ted has organised concerts for 25 years for senior citizens in Calderdale, which used to fill the theatre.
But now patrons have to find the £10 to buy a ticket.
Margaret said: “I feel quite fortunate because we go to the Alzheimer’s cafe in Halifax and Brighouse, and we have made friends there and some of the wives need to give 24/7 care.
“I don’t have to do that yet.”
The couple, from Southowram, had both retired.
“We were retired and sort of had our life in front of us and all of a sudden the rug was pulled from under us.
“But this is such a worthy cause and we do want people to support it.”
Acts will include comics Syd Little and Neil Hurst and organist Simon Lindley.
Other acts include soprano Sara-Jo, and 90- year-old Norma Barton, herself an Alzheimer’s sufferer.
The Ted Hever Orchestra will perform, as well as dances from Angela Marshall and Janet Austin.
All money raised on June 28 will go to the Halifax branch. Call 01422 351158.