from Paul Sadler
Ali was as keen, enthusiastic and dedicated a member of WLOS as the character he sucessfully portrayed in 'Dad's Army', Private Pike, but he was considerably more effective. A measure of his dedication was the fact that he would frequently phone me on his walks down Grand Drive and ask if he could pop in to go over some music. It was important to him that he achieved as high a standard of performance as he was capable of. Because of his level of commitment, I was delighted to be able to suggest him as a potential ugly sister in Cinderella last Christmas, and his performance exceeded our already high expectations. He was a joy to work with and his enthusiasm, personality and reliability will be sorely missed."