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Hundreds join fight to save Hornsea Floral Hall

12th March 2012

More than 500 people attended a mass protest against plans to bulldoze Hornsea Floral Hall. Charity fundraisers and children’s football teams joined pantomime horses and the local MP at yesterday’s (Sunday March 11th) demonstration. Donna Yorke, of Hornsea Amateur Theatre Society (Hats), said: “We absolutely love the Floral Hall and it’s just terrible what they are thinking of doing. People come here from all over the country to watch the pantomime.”

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Neath's fire-hit Gwyn Hall reopens after £10m refit

12th March 2012

Neath’s Gwyn Hall has reopened four-and-a-half years after a fire gutted the Victorian theatre. Around £10m has been spent creating a new arts centre in the 125-year-old listed building. Councillors say it will be the focal point of efforts to regenerate Neath town centre in the years to come. Jordan Davies from BBC News reports.


Alan Grieve: Is the future of the arts in his hands? A serial giver owns up

12th March 2012

As a new contemporary art gallery opens on the beach at Hastings, The Independent’s Simon Tait asks the man behind The Jerwood Foundation about nepotism, saving theatres, and picking up the tab for British culture


Assembly in talks to buy two Edinburgh fringe venues

12th March 2012

William Burdett-Coutts, artistic director of leading Edinburgh Fringe venue Assembly, is in negotiations to purchase two recently empty buildings in the city.

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Adopt a Grand Circle seat at Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre

12th March 2012

You can become part of this iconic theatre’s history as the Liverpool Theatres Trust launches its campaign to renew the 403 seats in the Grand Circle. It is part of the planned £10.6m renovation of the Grade II listed theatre where the first phase of work begins today following a successful Heritage Lottery bid.

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Darlington council seeks arts venue architect

12th March 2012

Darlington Borough Council is on the hunt for an architect-led team to design a new town centre arts venue. Requests to participate must be received 2 April.

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Eden Arts gets £93,000 boost from district council

11th March 2012

An agency which promotes arts and culture in an area of Cumbria has received a £93,000 boost. Eden District Council is giving the money to Eden Arts and already provides rent-free accommodation for the organisation in Penrith.

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Bradford Odeon asbestos warning is issued

10th March 2012

Bradford councillors have been warned they may have been exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos during a visit to the city’s former Odeon cinema. Trespassers who have broken into the building may also be at risk according to its owners, the Homes and Community Association (HCA). Warning letters have been sent to councillors who visited the building before they made the controversial decision allowing it to be demolished. The move comes after the HCA commissioned consultants to carry out a survey of the potential risk as the building had deteriorated further.

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Last chance to fight closure of Hornsea Floral Hall

10th March 2012

A last ditch effort is being made to save Hornsea’s Floral Hall. As part of the Mail’s Fight for the Floral campaign, residents were being urged to show their support by turning up outside the hall in Esplanade Sunday 10th March. It follows proposals in the East Riding Council Cabinet papers that the hall could be demolished within weeks, the site turned into the car park and no replacement facility will be built in the town.

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Call for investigation into Worthing Pavilion roof work

9th March 2012

A metal roofing company has called for English Heritage to investigate work being carried out to replace Worthing Pavilion Theatre’s old roof. The zinc cladding roof work on the Grade II listed building is currently being installed by specialist roofing contractor FMJ, at a cost of £600,000.

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