Although the David Whitfield International Appreciation Society per se has been disbanded, it is still possible to keep in touch and up to date by receiving two magazines per year for a modest £5 (to cover printing and postage costs). Please see our Contacts page for details.
The Society was formed in 1987 by a small group of admirers of the Whitfield voice. With the formation of the Society, many of David’s past fans came together with the aim of keeping alive the name and music of David Whitfield. We were privileged to have well known names from show business as honorary members, and these were headed by our Patron, the world-renowned Dame Vera Lynn DBE, LLD, M.MUS.
The Society achieved many things in the years it existed, notably:
- The publication of a book, Cara Mia, The David Whitfield Story, about David’s life.
- A rose named after David, 100 of which are planted in a rose garden dedicated to him, in his home city of Hull.
- A star in the heavens has been named ‘David Whitfield’.
- A portrait of David attached to a 1st class Royal Mail stamp.
- The ambitious project to erect a life-size statue, cast in bronze, erected in the gardens in Kingston Square, opposite the main entrance to the Hull New Theatre, a venue where David often performed.
Incorporated within the society was the David Whitfield Baby Fund, where baby clothes and vital equipment were provided to maternity units throughout the country.
The Society published three magazines a year, full of interesting material and facts about David. and held an annual general meeting and get-together (in October), when David’s fans travelled from all parts of the UK to gather in Beverley, near Hull, to meet old friends and exchange stories about their hero.
A museum, which has been featured on several television programmes over the years, was established and officially opened by David’s widow, Sheila, and is full of photographs, theatre billings and several of David’s personal effects. Housed within the museum are copies of ALL of David’s recordings, the vast majority of which are now transferred on to CD.
Visits to the museum are free of charge, but arrangements should be made beforehand with the curator, Mr Bill Wilkins. Contact details are available on our Contacts page.
We still look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our community. Thank you for visiting this site and taking the time to learn about the David Whitfield, one of Britain’s most popular and biggest stars.