In Memory of Jack Hayer


It is sad to report that Jack Hayer died peacefully on September 7th 2012, aged 72 years. I have only known Jack since approximately 2001, but have got to know him much better over the last 7-8 years.

In 2006 the village of Bratton Clovelly put on the Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Without Jack’s unending assistance with the Staging and Scenery, we would never have done it. From there, Jack went on to assist greatly with the Red Spider production that same year of “Like A Buoy”. After all his sterling work, Jack became a regular helper with the staging of the many Red Spider productions since.

In November 2010, he helped greatly with the special scenery for “Hollywood Comes to West Devon” and then again in the summer of 2011, Red Spider needed Jacks invaluable services to produce a table that would collapse when required, which he did most successfully. In the same production we even managed to get Jack to tread the boards. I don’t think anyone will forget that “cackle”!

At the beginning of 2012, Jacks health was not good, but he was very determined to put in an appearance to watch the Red Spider production of Cinderella and to meet with the many friends he had made within the company. It was a delight to see him there, holding court as everyone wished him well.

My lasting memory of Jack will be of him telling me off, in his “polite way”, for not using the right tool for the job or going up the ladder without securing it properly!!

JACK HAYER will be very sadly missed by all his friends in Red Spider and our sincerest wishes go to his daughter Victoria.

Mike Ingham  –  Red Spider Company

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