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Farewell to Clive Frusher

Clive Frusher, the former chairman of the Friends of the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra died in June. Clive retired from the chair in December 2020 having served for 10 years.


The Friends had been in existence for many years before Clive and his wife joined three other Friends - Mary Boyall, John Shearman and the late Neil Smith - and set to work to raise the profile of the Friends and increase membership.

Clive was born in Norfolk and attended the King Edward V11 Grammar School in Kings Lynn. He decided at the age of 10 that he wanted to be a journalist and never wavered, beginning his career at the Wisbech Standard. Here he became sports editor and was well-known in local sporting circles especially with his sometimes controversial weekly column “Friday with Frusher”.

In 1974 Clive transferred to the sister paper, the Peterborough Standard, and moved to Werrington. It was at the Standard that he won the best regional and provincial sports pages in the country after he completely redesigned the sports pages. Clive later moved into the magazine sector, eventually forming his own publishing company.

Beside his interest in the orchestra, Clive was a regular at the Key Theatre, a Posh supporter and a member of St John’s Church, Werrington. All activities he enjoyed until dementia caused a slow and sad decline in his health. Clive leaves his wife, Janet, two sons and five grandchildren.


Janet would like to thank all Friends and orchestra members for cards, messages and attendance at Clive’s thanksgiving service.

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