By George! Rep’s great Steps for a happy birthday

George Baker, Faye Tozer and Mayor of Dunstable John Chatterley
George Baker, Faye Tozer and Mayor of Dunstable John Chatterley

One of Dunstable Rep’s longest-serving members celebrated his 90th birthday with one of the theatre group’s most famous alumni.

Former Steps star and ex-Rep member Faye Tozer took time out of her busy schedule to wish director and performer George Baker a happy birthday in front of a packed audience at The Little Theatre, High Street South, on Wednesday.

During a performance of God Of Carnage, Rep president Alistair Brown led the whole audience in a rendition of Happy Birthday.

George has been with the Rep am-dram group for more than 50 years since moving to Dunstable from the Copperbelt region of Rhodesia in 1962.

He said: “It was marvellous, it took me completely by surprise. I just sat there gobsmacked. Faye has made vast steps – that’s a pun – in the entertainment industry.

“She’s a lovely girl, she’s beautiful, and I don’t get to see enough of her. I want to thank all my dear friends at the theatre for my wonderful reception.”

George will celebrate his actual birthday on October 18 with his family.

Also present was Mayor of Dunstable John Chatterley. He said: “It was a lovely, friendly, sociable birthday party.

“I’ve known George for 45 years and seen him treading the boards in many different guises. He is a brilliant thespian.”

Faye is currently rehearsing for the UK tour of Singin’ In The Rain, which starts in Manchester on November 9.

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