TRIBUTES have been paid to Frances Coyle, one of the most familiar faces in Scottish theatre, after her death last week.
Frances, who worked front of house at the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow for 44 years, died on Monday aged 88, and is survived by her children including football manager Owen Coyle.
The former St Johnstone and Burnley manager previously described his mother as “an inspiration” and praised her “amazing” work ethic. Frances eventually retired from the Gorbals-based theatre in 2012 at the age of 82.
During her time at the venue, she worked in the “tea bar”. She then went on to work in the dress and coffee bars. Working at the theatre was also a family affair with Frances’ daughters Grace, Annette and Maureen and grandchildren, Frances, Jordana and Petriece all taking on roles at the venue.
Following her death, Frances, who received The Unsung Hero Award from The Stage, was taken to Ireland for her funeral.
Dominic Hill, who is Citizens Theatre Artistic Director, said: “Frances was a vital part of the Citizens, working at the theatre for an incredible 44 years between 1968 and 2012.”
Adding: “She is an important part of Citz history and is remembered fondly by everyone that worked with her.”