Ray Spencer MBE has announced he is leaving The Customs House after first joining nearly 30 years ago.
Spencer took to social media this week to share the news of his departure only to be met with outpourings of love and admiration from members of the local community from across South Tyneside and wider parts of the North East.
He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his services to the arts and the Freedom of South Tyneside in 2022 for championing South Tyneside’s culture sector.
Ray replied to a message on social media platform X “I am stepping down from Executive Director post [The Customs House] WEF 31/3/2024,” He added, “I first worked there in 1995 I still had hair & a waist. I was overjoyed to be appointed as Director in 1999. It amazes me that we do so much in a building with so many constraints.
“I love our talent development giving opportunity to so many regardless of age. You need someone to take a chance on you at some time in life & I am delighted we have done this for so many. This is what I’ll miss most”
Ray will resign from his position as Executive director 31st March 2024. Ray will continue to bring South Tyneside a family pantomime, where this year is “MotherGoose”
Ray thanked organisations such as South Tyneside Council and Arts Council England for their commitment to the Customs House which will continue to bring Joy and opportiity to so many in the borough.